How much of you life do you spend in the present moment? How much time do you spend daydreaming, ruminating about the past, or worrying about the future?
If you take time to examine your thoughts, you might notice that they are very often related to the past or future and are rarely focused on the now
Worry is really just a mask for fear of the present.
Being more yourself is the key to a happy and fulfilling life. However, society expects us to be busy, always doing things and being completely action orientated.
To come face to face with total aloneness scares the hell out of us, and that is why today’s society is filled with gadgets, constant projects, and Netflix series. The constant stimulation of today’s reality makes arriving at that place of stillness next to impossible. Just how we like it, right?!
Going within is an often missed key to successful living. Without knowing what really matters to us, without the clarity that comes from self-knowledge, without the peace of knowing our actions are in harmony with who we are deep down, we often find ourselves jumping f on one thing to the next. Our focus centers on the “doing” of our lives and not the “being”.
The present moment is the only moment of relevance. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow only exists in our imaginations.
Most people are vibrating back and forth between guilt of the past and fear of the future and therefore they are seldom in the present. But in the moment lies a very valuable gift, that is why it is called the present. It is the gift of connecting with ourselves and with a higher power of source that provides peace, clarity, simplicity and serenity that can only be found in the here and now.
Connecting with ourselves and living a conscious lifestyle can produce profound shifts. Your ability to recognize that the answers are all within, coupled with your ability to trust those answers, can move you from feeling like a victim to claiming the power to create your life.
If you really want to know what conscious living looks like, watch a child.
“Adults are really just obsolete children” -Dr. Suess
My girls provide me with some of the richest life lessons. Recently, my oldest came to me and said, “Mom, I am bored right now”. Instead of trying to think up activities to occupy her and much to her dismay I responded, “Good, be bored. I love bored”. And she stomped off to her room.
A few minutes later I peeked in her room and found her playing and singing with her dolls. Using her imagination to completely immersed in the moment with her dolls. Sitting with her boredom was the catalyst for her to produce her own authentic creative play.
Imagination makes something of nothing. It transforms ordinary moments in to something magical.
We all need to learn to sit with our own boredom for the world to become quiet enough that we can hear ourselves. It is only when we are surrounded by nothing that something comes alive on the inside. That’s the sweet spot.
The next time you find yourself in a state of anxious thoughts, I challenge you to approach life from a place of child like wonder and watch the magic happen as new opportunities, ideas, people and events come into your life.
With a Grateful Heart,