The teacher Sam Harris likes to point out that we are all experts at one thing in particular: practicing being the same person we were yesterday. For me, this is one of the cool things about taking even a few minutes to connect back into the present moment. You get to see all the unhelpful habits you automatically drag with you into that present moment from all your previous moments. And once you see them you can begin to choose your response rather than react from old habits. You realize that there is truly nothing you can do to change the past except stop repeating it in the present.