Free Yourself From Your Mind
You are not your mind.
As strange or unusual as this may sound, it is true. Your mind has an inner voice that seems to speak freely. You are a separate part of your mind that can reason and converse with that inner voice. My theory is that the inner voice belongs to the subconscious mind and you are the conscious mind.
That inner voice is automatic and with a bit of practice you can observe and watch that inner voice, and ultimately come to the point where you are no longer controlled by it. You will be able to listen to it and use its constructive remarks and discard its destructive remarks.
By becoming aware of this inner voice and by being able to listen to your thoughts, you reach an entirely new level of consciousness where you can experience being present and living life in the moment, every moment.
Why Live In The NOW?
The present moment or NOW is the only moment where you ever truly live life.
- All decisions are made in the present moment.
- All emotions are felt in the present moment.
- All actions are taken in the present moment.
All the time you spend reminiscing about the past or worrying about the future is time of your life that you could be enjoying right now.
Has any amount of wishing the past were different ever changed the past?
Has any amount of worrying about the future ever benefited you?
The best way to get the most enjoyment out of life is to spend as much time as possible in the present moment. It’s okay to think about the past every now and then and it is okay to dream about the future, as long as you realize that the only time you will ever have is right NOW. So enjoy as much of NOW as possible, every single day.
Not only do you get the most enjoyment out of life by living in the present moment, you also remove restrictions and self-limiting beliefs. When you are in the present moment you have access to your full potential.
When someone is chased or is in a situation where they absolutely have to do something they are fully in the present moment. The past does not matter and the future is not an issue. In situations like this people run faster, are stronger and think more clearly. There is no past to limit them to historic results and limitations and there is no future that paralyzes them with fear when thinking of possible outcomes.
When you live in the present moment you are free and anything is possible.
4 Ways To Live In The NOW
- Accept That The Past Will Never Change
Many people spend a lot of their time reminiscing about the past. Whether it be because they had really good times that are no longer around or whether it be because they made some bad decisions that they wish they could change.The fact is that no matter how much you think about the past or wish it was different, it will never change.
One you have accepted this fact, you no longer have the need to spend time wishing the past was different and can instead use that time to live fully in the present moment.
- Accept That The Future Is Unpredictable
The future is coming towards you, second by second, hour by hour, day by day. Sometimes it works out exactly as we want it to, but more often than not the future is always different to how we imagine it.
All the time we spend worrying about any sort of event in the future that may or may not come (like getting fired, breaking up with your lover, how your health will be etc) is time wasted. No matter how much time you spend worrying or thinking about the future, you are not going to be able to predict it (although sometimes by pure luck it will happen as you want it to).
By accepting the fact that the future is unpredictable, you can enjoy your time and focus your energy in the present, prepare yourself as best you can for the future and wait for what tomorrow brings instead of spending your time worrying about what will happen.
- Count Your Breaths
One of the quickest and easiest ways to be in the present moment is to take a minute or two and literally count every inhale and exhale you make.
When you are counting your breaths you will most likely become aware of all your other senses. What you see, what you hear, how the air feels on your skin and and tastes or smells there may be.
Be Present With Every Action
One great way to live every moment in the NOW is by being consciously aware of every action you take. For example, when you wash the dishes, instead of zoning out while doing it, be aware of every action and movement you make. Instead of getting in the car every morning and switching into autopilot until you get to work, be consciously aware of every action and motion required to operate and drive your car.
‘Tomorrow’ Is An Illusion
So many people are waiting for ‘some day’ or ‘one day’ in order to start living the life they really want. The truth is that tomorrow is not real, it is an illusion. The only time we ever have is the present moment, every moment of every day until we die.
As my parting words about living in the present moment I want to leave you with the following story :
“A Japanese warrior was captured by his enemies and thrown into prison. That night he was unable to sleep because he feared that the next day he would be interrogated, tortured, and executed. Then the words of his Zen master came to him,
“Tomorrow is not real. It is an illusion. The only reality is now.”
Heeding these words, the warrior became peaceful and fell asleep. “