as eckhart tolle says, time is an illusion, and we should learn to live in the present or ‘eternal now’.
the sentence you just read was a moment in your time that is now gone and this sentence you are reading now is your present which is soon to be your past. don’t start thinking about the next sentence until you are reading it, cause living in the future is never a good thing. our minds have been trained to think in terms of past, present, and future. therefore, we become so preoccupied on what was and what isn’t yet, that we forget about what is. and that is right now.
sounds chaotic, but it isn’t really. it’s all about staying in the now. staying present. being present in your life. and not dwelling on what just happened or what has yet happened.
it took me awhile to understand this concept. and i still trip up on it now and again. i likely forever will. but i do think i now have a tight grip on the idea of ‘now’, which has helped my life grow less complicated. less stressful. less dramatic. and not so consumed with fear. when i am living in the future, i am living in fear. no doubt. and if i am living in the past, i am most likely sitting in regret or guilt.
i am not saying that the future doesn’t need some attention…like planning for trips or business ventures, babysitters, etc. what i am talking about is stressing over the interview you have next wednesday, or the project you have due tomorrow. rather than focus all your energy on those future “stresses,” focus on this very moment, do the next indicated thing, and tomorrow will come when it’s suppose to. right now it’s just an illusion.
rather than dwell on the fight you had with your girlfriend yesterday, and play the arguing conversation in your head over and over, let it go. apologize for your actions and your part in it, and set that moment in time free. it no longer exists. it is but an illusion.
what a relief. i no longer have to stress about what i did yesterday, or fear what i will do or need to do tomorrow. i am allowed to just focus on this very moment, the eternal now. life is so much less complicated that way. and it’s funny how things just fall into place when you live your life in this logical, orderly manner.
i can look forward to something in the future, or be grateful for or sorry for an experience in the past, but i am no longer consumed by those illusions in time. they are no longer real, or have not come to life yet. the only truth in time is this very moment. and that moment has now become the past.
so live in the now. it’s the fear free, guilt free, regret free, more serene way to live.