Recently, I completed all of my paperwork to continue pursuing my educational goals. I was slated to begin in late October until I got the call that the start date would be pushed up to December. Will Work Won't Settle is a special project of mine (my work) but one of my personal goals is to complete my secondary education. WWWS is still in its developmental stages where I am working on blog posts and my book. So although I split time between WWWS and school, I am anxious to get school done. The December date meant that it would be 9 weeks until I could start school. I don't like waiting. The first two weeks I spent pacing. Then, I realized that I had plenty to do for WWWS like redefining goals and books plans.
When you are "waiting" and not in the NOW, you forget that there is plenty to be done in the present moment. Also, there is plenty to be grateful and fulfilled with in the present. What if tomorrow never comes? My personal inconsistency is that I am usually in thought about what the past should have been and what the future should be. Reading "The Power of Now" definitely showed me to myself. I am now aware that I can easily fret about the future or attempt to figure out the past. One thing that I am no master of is "right now".
So how do you stay in the NOW without drifting into other realms? You don't.
Unfortunately, the mind is like a toddler. It will roam without permission. Fortunately, like a toddler, you can reign it in. Awareness that you are folded into an abstract environment (past or future) is great to know because that awareness is a NOW moment. The conscious decision is to be in the NOW. This is the decision that you have to make. This may be the hardest part and a matter of will.
Once again, the reality is that we only have the present moment so shitting it away scrapping at our past lives or pining away at what the future will (or will not) bring is just plain stupid.
So to all my fellow Stupid Heads, we have an obligation to be here right now, to plan the future in a state where we are present, and to be grateful to be in the lives of people around us who we probably aren't appreciating as it is. :)
Are you HERE? How can you be HERE more?