It has been quite some time since I last posted, however I felt obliged to write this after I was prompted by a conversation that I had today with somebody with regards this very subject; of actually being aware of the present moment, and viewing it as a present that is given to us.
Is it really a present?
Actually it is, the present moment is is a time when you really feel peace and calmness. I mean when you really live in the present moment and you are fully aware of your surroundings though using your senses fully, the objects you are touching, the sounds that you can hear, the colours that you can see, the aromas that you can smell and indeed the taste that you have in your mouth, this is actually your default setting, where there is total peace of mind.
Stress and anxiety starts when you start to think about the future too much, what may happen as a result of this situation or that situation, what if he or she does this or that etc. The funny thing is that 99% of the time it doesn’t happen as you expected and all that negative energy has been created for nothing causing you nothing but unnecessary discomfort.
I am not saying that you don’t have to plan or think about future events, of course you do, however what I am suggesting is that it is better deal with it in the present moment with your focus and attention on the task at hand to provide an outcome, and that indeed staying in the present moment to do so will be far more productive than unnecessary fretting or worrying.
Depression and negative thinking is greatly influenced by living in the past too much, thinking about negative past events, or how things used to be so good before and then comparing them to life now. This again brings unnecessary suffering for the individual, there really is no benefit to putting oneself through this, when one recognises this behaviour, they should bring themselves back to the present moment by becoming aware of their senses, therefore inviting peace and calmness back into their lives.
There is good news however, the great thing is is that you can bring yourself back to this sense of peace and calmness any time you wish; by simply selecting your mind-set to so, by becoming fully aware of all your senses and what is going on in the environment around you. This will bring you back to your default setting, a setting where you’re not thinking about past events or what the future may have in store for you, you will be actually living in the present moment.
If anyone would like any advice or help in achieving this mind-set; or if one would like to discuss it further; please feel free to contact me.