The Past, the Present and the Future, It’s All in You

All of us have a past to look back at. We have fun moments we want to cherish and there are several unfortunate times we want to forget. As much as the wonderful things that we have done, there are also some that we regret doing. There are words that we wish, we never sad. And words we hoped, we had the courage to say.

Life is what we make it. And no matter how we try, the things we have done in the past cannot be undone. That is why we have been told to make the most of the time we have, because we can never regain the time lost. We can only look back, be proud or be ashamed. Some have managed to move on from the things gone wrong but others are still haunted by their decisions.

But life was not all that difficult to live with. There were times when the only decision we had to make was whether to use the professional hair straighteners or just leave the waves alone. There was a time when the choices present were just the blue and grey ties. And although these decisions did not have life changing effect on us, it had an impact on how we felt that day; a day that will probably appear in our biography.

All the decisions we made whether big or small, have contributed a lot to where we are right now. And the past is a constant reminder of the importance of the present. It tells us to stop worrying about the history that we cannot do anything about. The only things that we can affect as of the moment is the time at hand. Most of us have a lot of hang ups in what went before. And the more we linger on that thought, the more we got stuck to a motionless present which will soon become an unproductive past if we let it get the best of us.

Another wall that hinders us from dealing with the present is that we worry too much about the future. Let’s take this man as an example. Instead of attending his child’s ball games, he volunteers to stay at work to impress his employer and hopes that he will be promoted in three years. Sadly, he dies on his second year with the company; he never got promoted and missed all the games of his child. Deal with what you have at the moment to avoid would have-could have in the future.

Life may not always be as simple as professional hair straighteners or ties, but it will surely become better if we learn to let go of a past. And although thinking and preparing for a good future is not bad, we should never worry about it too much, because once we do, we end up ignoring the good things we currently have. And when we finally realized that we have so many things to be thankful for, the chance to appreciate it has already slipped away.

Be in the Present With a Daily Tarot Card

There are ways to live each day with more meaning and leave you more at peace first with yourself, then the world around you. Information is at your fingertips, with the click of a mouse, you can get pointers on living in the moment. You can learn the techniques of mindfulness. There are many ways to meditate. All these lead to the road of inner peace and harmony.

The tarot can be helpful in setting your pace for the day. Let it help you find a way to be present in the moment. This does not require any psychic abilities. It starts with choosing a deck that you feel you can connect with. If you are not familiar with the variety of tarot decks, ask a friend, or check it out on-line. The artwork varies as well. However, you can always get another deck as you get more confident and familiar with what tarot is all about. Drawing one card and focusing on it only takes a few minutes.

Tarot card for the day

There is no lack of psychic readers on the internet including tarot. This is good, but take it a step beyond. If you do not own a tarot deck., consider owning one. Tarot cards provide insight and energy to a situation. In regular tarot readings, there are cards that turn up with the message that the wisdom / or energy is best applied in the present.

Choosing a tarot card daily can help you to focus on issues for that day. There is no right way or wrong way to read a tarot card. Look at the card with no judgment, no anxiety, no anticipation or fear. No matter how tough things are, do not greet the morning with doom and gloom.

Have faith, this is easier said than done, but remember, there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Tarot cards cover all possibilities in life- joy, love, success,strength and the opposites as well, pain, sorrow, struggles, failure,betrayal or defeat. How does this help? Being in the present moment calms down the spirit. Being calm lets the spirit offer a brighter outlook or perspective if the day seem to start off dreary.

A glance at the suits:

Minor Arcana: The suits have different designations as there are different tarot decks.. I use the Rider-Waite deck.

Sword- this suit is of the element Air. It encourages you to use your mental acuity. Focus on the image, be in the present. Fear and anxiety compounds worry. These feelings, these thoughts do not solve a problem and cloud your judgment. Take a few deep breathes, have faith and ask your spirit, angel, God or whatever deity you believe in for guidance. As you go through your day, focus on what you have to do- at that moment. The rest of the day will take care of itself.

Wands- this suit is of the element Fire. I call this suit as calling up on the fire of the spirit.It shows strength, passion and courage, asks for focus on what is right. At times, we tend to focus on the negative and breathe life to it. This is self-sabotage. Instead, be in the present moment and feel the strength of your spirit that will guide you against all odds. Feel the energy around you in the present moment.

Pentacles this suit speaks to you of Earth, the physical, material aspect of life, its challenges and its rewards. Again, the spirit inspires you to be centered and grounded. Clutter in the mind will take you nowhere. You get edgy and disoriented. Take a moment to feel grounded, your feet solid on the ground and enjoy being in your center at the moment.

Cups this suit speaks of emotions, of love or hate. It is the Water element. Water flows, so should Life. Water turns solid as ice, so do emotions- it can turn frigid. Learn to allow life to flow, each moment to unfold, this is the mystery of Life. Immerse in the moment and feel the peace flowing through your being.

Major Arcana This suit highlights more powerful energies, carry with it higher vibrations with deeper spiritual messages.

If a daily card crowds your schedule, you can pick a card, focus on it for a few days or make it a card for the week. This practice of a daily card deepens intuitive abilities. It gives you a chance to learn about the cards and you’d be amazed at the wisdom it offers. Each deck comes with a descriptive book.

It helps you to pay more attention to that inner voice which we all have and is waiting to be heard. It guides you to a healthier lifestyle, be more mindful of your health, your activities and your priorities.It enhances relationships.

Have Your Audience Sit Up, Take Notice, and Learn at Your Next Presentation

Some presentations are designed to simply motivate your audience. Some are designed to educate them. It’s this second batch that is tricky to do. It’s probably not that your presentations are lacking in educational material, but rather it’s the way that you are delivering it that really matters. You need to find a way to deliver the information in the way that adults learn…

So here’s the answer to this question right off the bat: research shows that adults learn best when information is presented interactively, using role-playing, and peer-to-peer dialog. The lectures that most presenters use are really only good for passing information along to an audience.

The last thing in the world that you want is for your next presentation to remind your audience of a high school or college class. Having you stand at the front of the room and drone on with no chance for interaction is not what today’s audiences are looking for.

The secret to making your presentation “stick” with your audience is to realize that the more active your adult audience is during your presentation, the more they will learn because they will be tapping into the knowledge and experience of their peers.

At different times during your presentation your role as the presenter should really be to be a “guide on a side” who facilitates discussions among audience members and offering feedback as needed.

We’ve all heard about left-brain / right-brain stuff. Our left-brain is set up for the way most presentations are delivered – logical, analytical, and subjective. It’s our right-brain, our visual & creative side, that is not being fed during most presentations.

Much of what it takes to make sure that a presentation appeals to how your adult audience learns has to do with how the presentation event is set up. Here are some key suggestions on how you can make your next presentation a powerful adult learning experience:

  • Use Round Tables: having your audience sit at round (or half round) tables that seat 8 or 10 people helps your audience to interact easily.
  • Schedule Break Time: make sure that your audience has time both before and after your presentation to meet and discuss what they are going to learn and what they have learned.  
  • Use Comfortable Seats: Rarely do we have control over this, but if possible the more comfortable the seats are, the more learning will happen.
  • Lose The Lectern: This can be done as simply as making sure that you have a wireless microphone so that you are not tied to one spot and can move around and interact with your audience.
  • Handouts & Downloads Are Good: You audience is hungry for information that they can take back to the office. Giving them something that they can touch and hold is one way to do this.
  • More Brian Food: This is my favorite. Most food that is served during a presentation can be sugar or carb-heavy. If possible, provide healthful food options.

At the end of the day, you go to a lot of effort to get ready to deliver a presentation. You want your audience to be impacted by your words and you want them to be able to absorb and learn from the information that you are presenting. If you follow these tips, your audience will have a better chance of learning and retaining what you have to say.