This moment is the most precious gift you will ever have. That’s why they call it the present.
While it sounds schmaltzy, it’s actually very true. A simply concept and yet one most of us fail to ever really grasp. If you had the ability to record your thoughts and play them back, you might be astonished at how much you dwell on the past or obsess about the future.
Anxiety and worry exist as a result of the gap between where you are now and where your mind is projected.
You can tell I’ve been reading Eckhart Tolle can’t you?
After I went through CBT therapy and learned to untangle my thoughts using a rational litmus test I started to get a bit more clarity in my mental world. But it all seemed so…well..scientific. In time I turned to mindfulness and found something more soothing. The idea of simply being in the moment, observing your thoughts like a silent, non judgmental bystander.
Sounds easy and, if you strip away the mind’s conditioning and get back to basics, it is. But it takes practice. I soon realised how much I lived in the land of ‘what if?’…plaguing myself with dramatic thoughts of catastrophe. And then when I read Tolle again I realised the fallacy of trying to solve an issue that doesn’t actually exist in this moment. It’s really quite nonsensical when you think about it. But not too hard, mind.
For those who might want to explore mindfulness and ‘present awareness’, look no further than the reassuringly calm tones of Andy Puddicombe from Headspace and you will find an accessible gateway into being increasingly present in this moment.
Recovery from PND wasn’t an easy journey – there were no quick fixes or shortcuts. However, I feel there are new ways of living that can change your outlook on existence and bring calm and peace where there was turbulence. It’s not all about striving, waiting, yearning, denying or resisting. It’s simply about being.
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