Do You Know The Power Of Now?


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When I was a young teenager I was interested in teenage girls. I met several whom I wanted to ask out on a date. Being of a shy nature this was not easy for me. I remember laying in bed at night thinking about asking a girl  at work out. I could not sleep because my mind was asking so many questions:

  • “What if she says no?”
  • “What if she does not like  me?’
  • “What can I wear to impress her?
  • “What if she is off sick and does not turn up for work?”

The next day I approached the girl and started talking to her. I talked about everything except the reason why I wanted to speak to her. Afterwards I admired her from afar but never did ask her out.

The mind is very good at thinking about the future and creating expectations about  what the future will bring. If I had been the teenage me but with the knowledge and experience I now had , the dialogue with myself the night before would have gone more like this:

  • “She is bound to say yes.”
  • “She will think I am great.”
  • “Even if I wore my old worn out jeans she will still fancy me.”
  • “I will meet her tomorrow at work and ask her out and I’ll have a great time with her.”

Your mind can create so many scenarios about the future, good or bad. None of them are real because it is impossible to be in the future.

What about the past? Obviously unless your memory is playing tricks, you already know about the past and the past cannot be changed. But the past can be regretted or missed or lived again in your imagination.

So much mental energy is spent remembering the past and anticipating the future. What is often missed in all this is the present.  At any given moment there are lots of information being sent to your senses – so many that it is impossible to take conscious notice of all of them. If all you are doing is ruminating about the past or fretting about the future, then your mind will miss most of the information that passes into your consciousness via your senses.

Try stopping and smelling the roses (or listen to the birds, or watch the clouds floating by, or observe the leaves of your house plant, or be aware of the smiles of your children).

If you stop and become more aware of what is going on right here, right now, then you will find that so much of your past and future thinking is a waste of mental energy. You cannot change the past, only learn from it then move on. You cannot predict the future, only make plans and hope for the best.

The power of now is the art of slowing down your thoughts and finding the presence and wonder of what is available in the present moment. This is a very relaxing process.

 

 

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  1. I completely agree- managing your thoughts and your inner voice is a critical component to being present. I have found that if you consciously DO NOT COMPARE, you can stay more in the present moment. I wrote a blog last week on this topic called “An Effective Way to Be Present- Do Not Compare”. Have fun! http://verysmartgirls.com/category/mental-clarity-and-calmness/
    Very Smart Girls

  2. The present is the only reality. The past and the future do not exist, except in our imagination. Both of them are still in the present – the past being PRESENT memories and the future being PRESENT anticipation.

    Dwell in the present, live it to the best that you can, and it will take care of the future. If you want something to happen in the future, then create it now – in the present. Just as the present is the result of what we did in the past, the present is the cause of what will be in the future.

    It is a waste of time to worry about the future. Instead of worrying, be proactive – create the future now/

  3. Very thoughtfull post on the power of now. It should be very much helpfull.

    Thanks,
    Karim – Positive thinking

  4. Very good post. It is true that when you are thinking negative scenarios in your head, you are putting only negative energy out there. By thinking only positive thoughts, you not only put that positive energy out there, but you take a little stress off of yourself as you believe that only good will happen.

  5. Power of nOW BY ECKHART TOLLE bro

  6. An excellent article! Truly our mind keeps on thinking and it’s a total waste of our mental energies, we overuse our mind a lot and don’t realize how much we can use those energies in the proper direction. Although it’s not easy to master your mind but there are ways to control them like meditation.

    Your points are great so I don’t feel the need to say anything else. You covered it nicely. I’ve it bookmarked.

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