“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” – Eckhart Tolle
If you’ve been reading some of my other blog posts you’ll probably have noticed that I’ve talked a lot about living in the now. I do so because being reminded of this did a lot for me and improved my life in many ways. My reminder was Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power Of Now”. Definitely check it out. I promise that you won’t regret it.
Time is nothing but a concept. It’s something we humans have made up. We’ve made these segments like 60 seconds, 60 minutes, 24 ours and 365 days and depending on how many cycles of 365 days we last, that’s how long we live.
Humans are the only beings that lives based on reference to time. We have the ability to store and recall many many memories. If humans were to disappear from earth, everything and everyone would be living in the present. Everything would just exist. No past, no future, no worries. Nothing else but this moment, because every other being doesn’t know of the concept of time.
We tend to think that our life consists of thousands and thousands of moments and different things happening in those moments. But really there’s only ever been this moment. Never have you not lived in this moment. There’s no seperation. There was nothing before it and there’ll be nothing after it. Everything that’s not apart of this moment right now is just imagination. Whatever happens to you will always happen in this moment. In the now.
We spend so much time thinking about the past and the future, which is crazy because none of them exists. They are man made. Nothing but ideas, concepts. They are not real. We spend so much time regretting and thinking about what’s happened to us. Memories has a crazy power over us. They can either hold us down like chains or they can lift us up like wings, and when you realize that memories has nothing to do with this moment, then you’ll be able to break free from those chains. The thing about memories of the past and the events that’s happened to us is that we give them either credit or blame for whom they have made us as a person. More about that in Change Your Story – Change Your Life
Memories are a powerful thing, but memories too can only be accessed in this moment.
“…the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whaterver form. Both are illusions.” – Eckhart Tolle
We always have things we need to do, our calendar is filled up with events to attend and people to see. We rarely enjoy this moment because something else is always on our mind. We always have that next thing. It’s hard to truly enjoy spending time with a friend if you the only thing that you have on your mind is the homework you have to do later. It’s hard to really enjoy a meal if the only thing you’re thinking about is that you have to go to work soon at that job you really don’t like.
We all need to bring our mind back and just experience what is.
Like the past, the idea of future is also a big mental road block that has to be removed in order to get back to the present moment. Because the present is the only place you can live your life. Don’t ever think that the future will be a better place to be. You’ll never find lasting happiness if you’re always looking for it anywhere else but the present.
Thinking about the past and the future is really a waste of imagination. We have this idea that life is a linear line. At the start of the line there’s birth and at the end death. And some believe that there’s something after that.
We can clearly see ourselves along this line. Where we were, where we are now and where we’ll be. Maybe you’re in college now, and you can clearly see where that point is on the line. Maybe you already have plans for when you graduate. Maybe you already know which university you’ll go to and the specific kind of job that you want. Maybe you have planned where you want to live, how many years you’re going to work, when you’re going to retire and maybe even what you want to do after that. Some of us has already planned out what’s going to happen along this life line. In some cases that’s fine, as long as we don’t get too caught up in that. Because then what is the point? You’ve already lived a big part of your life thousands of times in your mind. Also when we have this image of how our life is supposed to be, then we tend to stick to it. We are scared of changing it and we panic if something doesn’t go as we imagined it. Just think about that for a second. We are scared of something that doesn’t exist. Scared to change something that we ourself made up in our mind.
“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.” – Eckhart Tolle
We should not let time scare us. Don’t be scared of something that doesn’t exist. Just like when you realize the monster in the closet isn’t real, you stop being scared when you realize that time isn’t real.
Put aside every concept, name, idea and label. View things with no judgements. It just exist. It just is.
Instead of worrying and being scared about the idea of past and present, then bring back your focus into this moment. If the only thing on your mind is the end goal then you’ll miss out on life. Because it’s only here, in this moment, that you can actually live it.
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