No matter where you’re heading, what future you are creating and attracting into your life, you have to start from where you are. In fact, right now, the present moment, is all you have.
Close your eyes for a moment and breathe in. Hold that breath for a moment before you let it out slowly. One of the lessons inherent in living mindfully is that each breath is, potentially, your last. Paying attention to the here and now recognizes the immense importance of the present moment.
While it’s tempting to spend your time daydreaming of your future and working towards your goals, it’s really a terrible waste of a life. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of day-dreaming and I believe it is essential to a creative life. I am a die-hard daydreamer.
But your life is made up of the ‘now moments’. If you walk through life looking only up ahead at tomorrow, next week, next year, you lose sight of the gift that your life is right here and now.
Some people spend a great deal of time dwelling on the past; chewing on what happened like a cow chews its cud and wishing for what might have been. In reality, your past is what created the magnificent creature that you are right now. Your wisdom is the result of your experience and whether you look back on your past with pleasure or regret, it has led you to the point where you are right now.
There is something called the Fibonacci Recurrence Series of Whole Numbers. I was introduced to this by Michael Galileo. Normally I avoid anything that sounds like math but this makes perfect sense and it’s not really that hard to understand. Here is the Fibonacci Recurrence Series: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8, 13,21,34,55,89…. Every number is the sum of the two numbers before it. If you think of them as seconds, starting with the moment you were conceived and adding up, one by one, until now, the final number is the cumulative value of all your seconds so far and adds up to the person you are now. Every second is of value because has contributed to who you are right now.
Unfortunately, most of us let those seconds roll by without any thought. We live life unconsciously without using the power that we have to create our life.
I once received an email just at the right moment to help me make a major life decision and move on from a bad situation. It asked me to imagine my life as a book. All of the pages up to right now are written in, filled with the story of my life until now. It contains all the joy, all the pain, all the mistakes, all the triumphs. Then I was asked to imagine turning the page to today and looking down on a beautiful, spotless white page, completely empty. It asked me to consider, did I want to cut and paste from the previous pages? Or did I want to fill the empty pages with a new story? It was a transformative moment. I realized I was in that difficult situation because I kept repeating the same behaviours over and over again. It was such a compelling thought that I immediately got up and made the call I needed to make to end the uncomfortable situation and stop the cycle.
Right now, you have that choice. Are you going to cut and paste and repeat your past? Or are you going to write a new story.
That new story starts right now, with the very next breath you take, the very next second you are alive. You can’t skip a few pages and start in the future. You start right now to live the life you want to live, to create the life that you were meant to live. Live it consciously.