The power of embracing the now

Once someone asked me the following question: where do you spend most of your time? At first, I was a bit confused but as the conversation went on, I started to realize the power of this question.

Whether you agree or disagree, most of us are part of the daily rat race overflown with emotions, multitasking, thousands of distractions, stress, and hyperactive states. Think about it…when was last time you stopped to think about you and your life? When was the last time you switched off the button of that mental blender mixing up 24/7 insecurities of the past and worries of the future?

Now if I want to be the creator of my life, where should I focus most on? The past, present or the future? I truly had to give it some thought.

Constantly thinking about the future often results in worry and anxiety. Worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow. Worrying where I will be in 5 years from now. Doubting if I will grow older in good health. Fearing the insecurity of leaving a job today I do not longer enjoy based on the doubt of what the next job is going to look like tomorrow.

On the contrary getting stuck to the past often results in depression and self-doubt because we allow our past, events and/or emotions, to decide whether to move on or not. Because my job application was rejected last week, I am abstaining myself from applying to a job post I saw today. Because a past relationship did not end well, I stay away from the next relationship as it might be as bad as. Since I come from a financially broken family, I suppose that I will be financially broke as well.

But what happens if I start to focus on the present moment? Simply said, what if I put myself in a place where the past and the future are in balance? I will be in a mental state where I open myself to what it is that I can see, feel, touch, and live now. I give myself the opportunity to transform anxiety into excitement of what my tomorrow will bring and convert past insecurity into present wisdom. In other words, I place myself in an unbiased mental state capable of embracing the power of the present moment.

Many of us live in fear and decide to hide behind excuses based on what we will need or what we should have done in order to make a significant change in our lives. Often, I hear people saying “I wish I had a better education to…”. What if instead of looking at what education you have not done in the past, grab a book today and start reading? Or I want to lose weight but “I will not have time to” go to the gym. What if instead of focusing on what you will not be able to do, you get on the floor and start doing some push-ups? We live in a world where everything is at our disposal, we just need to stretch our arms and grab it.

You see, holding onto our known past or the unknown future is like pushing the accelerator of your car with the hand break on. You will not be able to start your journey unless you release what is holding you (or your car).

Where do you spend most of your time?

There is a powerful from Mahatma Gandhi I would like to mention and I would you to invite to think about:

Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.

Stay strong,