When my daughter was diagnosed & we were told she would eventually become so ill she would need a liver transplant — the future wasn’t my friend. I had a poster on my kitchen wall that was my mantra for those days. It’s a lovely poem by Helen Mallicoat called My Name is I AM. I’ve copied it below. It was the beginning of my practice of living in my Now nearly 30 years ago. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.
I was regretting the past and fearing
the future. Suddenly my Lord was
“MY NAME IS I AM”
He paused. I waited. He continued.
“When you live in the past,
with its mistakes and regrets,
it is difficult. I was not there.
MY NAME IS NOT I WAS
When you live in the future,
with its problems and fears,
it is difficult, I am not there.
MY NAME IS NOT I WILL BE
When you live in the moment,
it is not difficult. I am here.
MY NAME IS I AM”