We spend so much time dwelling on the past, mistakes, failures, regrets, or we are dreaming, hoping and planning for the future that we forget the present.
The here and now.
There is a difference between using the past as a lesson learned and dwelling on the “what if’s” and “if only’s”. Dwelling on the failures and mistakes of the past inhibit you in taking actions in the hear and now and will affect the outcome of your future.
Take more time on the present. Concentrate on what you are doing here and now.
We do so many things in our lives that have become automated, we don’t have to think about them because they have become so familiar.
Other things we see as a chore and so we do them with hesitancy often letting our minds wander to past or future, this in turn leads us to taking longer on what we are doing and often not doing it properly.
Be mindful about what you are doing now, concentrate on every action, take pride no matter how mundane or unpleasant the task is, suddenly you will find that the task is completed and completed well.
This is a relevant quote from Eckhart Tolle.
“Your mind is an instrument, a tool. It is there to be used for a specific task, and when the task is completed, you lay it down. As it is, I would say about 80 to 90 percent of most people’s thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful. Observe your mind and you will find this to be true. It causes a serious leakage of vital energy”.
When you are mourning for the past or worrying about the future the negativity this creates within you affects not only what you are doing at the present but also your health.
The mind is an extremely powerful force and can be as destructive as constructive.
But it is your mind and you have the power within you to control it and not let it control you.
When you are walking, or shopping or taking a coffee, concentrate on your surroundings, the trees, their colour, size texture. The people around you, their body language and expressions. If you are having a conversation listen to them, don’t just hear them, concentrate on what they are saying. Be mindful of your surroundings and the people, be mindful and concentrate on your actions.
Start trying it for a few minutes a day.
Train your mind to concentrate, you have let it run wild for so long you now need to control it, be master of it.
The more you do it the more natural it will become, the more you immerse yourself in the present, the more you become aware, the more you can influence the world around you in a seemingly effortless way.