When you are fully present with whatever it is you are doing, something interesting happens. When you are present, you are literally going to see your limiting beliefs as they come out of nowhere and try to take control of your behavior. The more awareness you bring to the present moment, the more you will realize there are all sorts of negative beliefs running in the background. These are the programs you don’t usually notice because you are either in the past or the future. “Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.” —James Thurber Most of us are constantly in the past or the future, and we don’t even realize how little time we actually spend in the present. Some examples of this: • We visit a beautiful place and are so busy taking pictures to show our friends that we completely miss the experience of the actual location we are photographing. • We have long conversations while being completely unaware of the actual conversation; instead, we are thinking about what we are going to do later. • We lie in bed after a long day and instead of just being there, we are busy planning what we are going to do the next day, despite the fact that we have been looking forward to lying in bed all day long. • We finally get the promotion we have been waiting on for so long and instead of enjoying the raise we just got, we start worrying about what might happen if we don’t live up to the new job description. • After justifying why we really deserve to eat a meal of junk food, we finally decide to go for it. Instead of just enjoying it, however, we are busy thinking about how many calories we need to burn as a result of eating this meal. • We sit and meditate, and instead of just sitting in silence, we are thinking about when we will reach a calm and relaxed state of mind.