I recently caught myself future trippin’; getting totally lost in the wonder of my future life, completely blissed out day dreaming! I mean it was great, to me the future looks even brighter and more exciting than it is now.
But, it is uncertain.
And with that can come a lot doubts and questions which can be scary. And those thought up events may never even happen – so why spend so much time obsessing about them – especially if they’re causing you any kind of mental stress or headache!
“The past is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why they call it the Present”
But we do. I mean, to stay truly present all the time is a real challenge (I think). While I make a conscious effort to live as much in the present moment as possible, there are certainly a lot of times where I switch off unknowingly. It’s a work in progress!.
“There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past but we can’t relive it, and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one” – George Harrison
All your power of creation exists in the present moment. Now. So to create the life you truly desire you need to make a conscious effort to vacation more in the Now than in your past or imagined future.
“Realise deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the now the primary focus of your life” – Eckhart Tolle
There are tonnes of tools you can use to help you become more present. For me, I have begun practicing transcendental meditation (TM) which at the very least, ensures I’m checking in with the ‘now’ at least twice a day.
Another good tool is deep breathing. I practice lymphatic breathing, it’s like a two for one deal in that it settles the mind and is really good for your body. It goes like this, inhale, hold and exhale for the following count (or any multiple thereof) 1-4-2.
Any form of deep breathing will bring you right back to your present moment, and if you’re experiencing any stress, may even help melt it away by remembering, no matter how bad things may seem, everything really is okay, right now.
By thinking that the next moment is more important than now, you risk missing your whole life which is never not now.
To go deeper into this subject, I recommend reading The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. I first came across this book when Oprah interviewed Eckhart on her podcast and have been working towards mastering the principles ever since.
Remember, one small change can change everything.