So I caught my self today, doing something that I know most of us have been guilty of in the past. I was out on the beach chillaxin, as us beach boys like to say, but instead of enjoying the spectacular beauty around me, I was on my blackberry feeding my unfortunate Facebook addiction. When I finally pried my attention away from my screen of useless status updates, I looked to the sky and seen an amazingly surreal like picture of a perfectly molded cloud highlighted by the suns rays, who still energetic despite their 93 million mile journey they’ve just sustained (Thats 150 million kilometers for those outside the states), were shining through the particles in the sky causing visible rays of golden light as if God him self was playing a game of hide and seek behind this Cumulous mass. It was at this moment that I realized that, had I kept meaninglessly feeding my attention into my phone I would have missed this absolutely stunning event that was occurring whether I was present at the moment or not. Moments later the clouds moved along down the shoreline, testing other beach goers attentions Im sure, and I was left to sit on the beach and ponder this idea of how more often then not we remove ourselves from the present whether intentionally or unintentionally.
“Present-moment living, getting in touch with your now, is at the heart of effective living. When you think about it, there really is no other moment you can live. Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives.” ~Wayne Dyer
Think about how often we remove ourselves from the present moment. How often are you in a conversation with someone and your mind begins to drift into thoughts of what would, could or should. How many times have you heard someone say “Im sorry I didn’t catch that, could you say it again”. Or even worse how many times have you seen someone in the middle of a conversation pull out their phone to check a text that just came in? Maybe you’ve done this in the past, I know I have unfortunately. One of the new commons in Restaurants is to see a table of unengaged teens all having their own mini conversations on their Droids, Iphones and blackberries. The only conversation that happens between them is the brief exclamations of what one of their friends just tweeted or posted on Facebook. Other times it may be that you were completely disengaged from the entire day. Have you ever sat down for the evening and tried to recollect the days happenings and came to a blank, as if the day had hardly existed at all.
We far to often disconnect ourselves from the present, in order to either chase after an idea that something technology wise is in desperate need of our energy and attention, or it could be that we’ve spent the day worrying about something in the past, or dreading something in the future. Its strange actually, they have done numerous studies to prove that our emotional state of mind and stress levels of when we are worrying about or dreading something that has happened or may happen, is the same as when the situation actually happens. So that means that each time we are thinking about that situation, emotionally we are either reliving it, or living it over and over before it has even happened. Now obviously this isn’t to say that you should go through life without a plan, or to never think about what has or will happen. My point is to be present with life around you and don’t let your mind draw you away from the beauty of life, whether it be the scenery or even the conversations and people around you.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift, that’s why we call it the present” ~Joan Rivers
Life is much more fulfilling when living in the present. Like the sound Ben Stein’s famous monotoned role call from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off… Are you living in the present, or is life calling out your name?
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