If all I've got is this moment, why is it so difficult to live now? It's ironic that, even though nothing exists outside of *now*, it can be the most difficult place to be.
Sometimes I catch myself jumping ahead to stuff that hasn't yet happened and may *never* happen, freaking out all the while.
Or maybe I'm 'past pummeling,' beating up and berating myself when there's *zero* chance of a do-over.
So why live there? Is this the human condition?
Well... it doesn't have to be. Like everything else, it's a choice.
And there IS a different way. You can choose to pull yourself back to the present moment.
Want to? --If so, keep reading:
I use a few tricks to keep me HERE. Where I am now. And it starts with catching myself in that fog of faraway places / scenarios / relationships that don't exist.
First, I must actually realize that my mind has pulled me to some other place and time that doesn't exist. This is often easier said than done!
I literally sometimes shake my head to snap myself out of that non-existent place and then look at where I am right now. And I do mean *LOOK*... as in, right now I am sitting in a chair in my back yard. There are flowers, and birds chirping, and butterflies flying overhead. Oh - and someone is using a leaf blower. This is what exists for me right now.
I have to focus on that for a little while. Breathe into it (yes even the noise from the leaf blower) .. this is where I am right now - this is what is happening right now.
It also helps to put my feet on the ground. It's stabilizing - I feel anchored, steadier. Here, now, on the earth, in this moment in time.
Just by noticing -- REALLY noticing -- where I am, and noticing my breathing, with my feet on the ground, everything else begins falling away.
My mind starts to clear.
When I focus on THIS moment, time slows down. It's truly possible to savor time when I'm not rushing to be somewhere else in time.
Time becomes more manageable. It becomes a flow instead of a series of stops and starts.
Suddenly there IS enough time because I'm living in present time.
Here, and now. I gifted myself with the present. Unlike the past or the future, there is always more present.
It can be strange to just "be" - until it becomes your new way of "being."
I LOVE being like this. It's relaxing. It's luxurious. Nothing exists outside of this space.
Go ahead, try it! Take a look around and notice where you are right now. Breathe. Put/feel your feet on the ground. Gift yourself with THIS time.
How does it feel? How do YOU feel?
These tricks help me sleep better, too. Those nights when I wake up at 2:30am (UGH) and my brain starts zooming at warp speed: focusing on where I am RIGHT NOW, and breathing into it, eases me back to sleep.
Let me know how these tricks work for you!
©Catherine Borowski, 2019
Live a wealthy life.
Catherine Borowski, life coach, knows that life can be messy. Though digging into the mess, beauty emerges in the most unexpectedly brilliant ways.