Article Title: Living in Now Author Name: Dr. Donald Schnell Contact Email Address: Donald@spiritualjava.com Word Count: 1,180 Category: Personal Development, Motivation, Self Help Copyright Date: 2003
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Living in Now ©2003 Dr. Donald Schnell
Living in Now
Your mind is like a TV set. It will give you pictures and images throughout your day. Your whole day is determined in 7 minutes that you choose what program you are going to watch.
But what channel are you watching? The gossip channel? The tired and miserable channel? The Somebody done me wrong channel? Or are you watching Success Channel? Happiness channel? The choice is yours.
Take charge of your programming. Make decision that for next 7 minutes you are going to be on “Winners Channel”.
Turn on your Winning Potential. Look around you and see everyone you work with as a winner. If you are at home, then see your children as winners. See your spouse as a winner. Reinforce for them whatever it is that they are doing that is helping them to be a winner. Surround yourself with winners and you will be a winner.
Next time you catch yourself thinking idly, watch thoughts that flow through mind, what are they? Are you trying to relive past? Maybe you are reassessing past behavior or events? Maybe you are thinking how it would have been if you acted differently. Are you enacting past events in your mind? Even when thinking or daydreaming about future it is colored by past experiences. If your past experiences of relationships were pleasant and positive, that is how you going to think about your future relationships. If experiences were negative, that is how you are going to visualize your future.
It is always past recreating your life. You may think about What someone told you, how someone treated you, how you did this or that. It is always past. You are letting past captivate you and influence your behavior. Reliving past is recreating it constantly. You are not letting change enter your life. If past was pleasant it is all right recreating it. But what if it was unpleasant? Living in present means being aware of what is happening, what you are doing, feeling and thinking. It is being conscious of your thoughts and trying to have your thoughts focused on present. In this way you look at situations as they are, without coloring them with your past experiences. When you live in such a way you can deal better with whatever you are doing at present moment.
You see things as they are, without being influenced by fears, anger, desires or attachments. There is a story about two friends traveling by train. One was very nervous, restless and full of complaints whole trip. He was impatient to reach his destination, and disliked every moment of trip. He did not pay attention to his surroundings and his mind was full of impatient, restless and grumpy thoughts.
His friend, on other hand, enjoyed scenery, drank a cup of coffee, ate a piece of cake and chatted with other passengers. He enjoyed each moment trip. He lived in present moment and made most of it. On arrival he was fresh and felt good. His friend, as expected, arrived exhausted, tired and unhappy.
It is a matter of right attitude. When attitude towards events and life is positive, and present moment is used to utmost, life become a happy and enjoyable trip. Living in present means concentrating on what is happening now, enjoying it and making most of it. Do you know how many opportunities are missed, because of dwelling on past, instead of seeing and being conscious of what is happening at present moment? When our mind is elsewhere, we behave like a robot and repeat same mistakes of past, do same things, and then complain that our life is dull and not interesting.