Think about a time when you listened to a colleague whilst replying to a text. Wasn’t long ago, right?
As humans, we’re conditioned to multi-task and juggle everything that life throws at us. And that leads to either living in the past,or focussing too much in the future.
When we’re at work, we fantasise about going on a vacation. When we’re on a vacation, we’re worried about returning to work.
As the saying goes, “Tomorrow never comes”. Because it’s forever in the future – it’s only a concept in our minds. If you’re waiting for tomorrow, you’ll forever be waiting, because it will never quite “arrive”.
Here’s the thing – right now is the only time that’s guaranteed to you. It’s yours, for sure. And no one can take it away from you. What are you doing with it?
What to do next
There’s a lot of advice around how you should quiet your mind. And most of the times, you end up feeling more worried about how to quieten your mind, instead of quieting it.
Instead, try this. Practise mindfulness.
Which means you pay intentional attention to your thoughts, without judgement.
You be with your thoughts (but not become your thoughts), neither trying to grasp them nor ignore them.
You don’t pursue it for benefits (because that brings in future-oriented thinking) but just trust the process for its rewards and go with it.