There’s nothing like a change of seasons to remind us just how fast life moves.

The present quickly becomes the past – and the things we focus on today soon become part of the overall story of our lives, treasured pieces of ourselves folded into the sweeping “yesterdays” of our existence.

So how can we cherish the memories of yesterday while still living in healthy mindfulness of what today has to offer? Here are a couple of illuminating thoughts to help set our minds in motion…

Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now; and if the past cannot prevent you from being present now, what power does it have? – Eckhart Tolle

Many beginners on spiritual paths often encounter messages that say – the past is an illusion; but perhaps a more approachable way of considering this philosophy is something like what spiritual writer Eckhart Tolle proposes – that the past is indeed real, and it does shape us in many ways, good and bad alike. Nevertheless, the past should never affect too greatly how we live in this day.

The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. – Thich Nhat Hanh

While some people let the past stand in the way of their present lives, others let worries about the future stop them from living in the moment. What Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh recommends instead is a healthy embrace of the dual nature of our existence in the here and now – basically, keeping a gentle eye on the future by focusing on being as happy, healthy, and productive as we can be in this moment only.

Reflection: meditating on the present moment (and our place within it) leads to a single question that can greatly enhance our mood, our satisfaction, and our relationships when we answer honestly. And that question is: What am I doing right now to nourish my life?