LIVING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT
Living the present moment
Means to be realistic about the factor time
And knowing what is happening now evidently
Is known to us crystal clearly
We can change the gears of our action
At this moment without much complication
Because presently, we are alive to the situation
Which is unfolding right before our eyes now
‘Now’ has immense power of its own
Since our mind has almost negligible role in ‘now’
It can totally change our responses
And sincerity of purpose we espouse
Thence this ‘now’ will transform into then
Then it will not be in our hands
To retrieve what we’ve lost
Willy-nilly with our own efforts
Or not keeping the ‘now’ with tight sheath
What we gained is our gain for the coming moments
And what we’ve lost is lost for all time to come
Coming time depends on what we’ve done presently
That too with full awareness – knowingly
And also what is destined partly
That which is not within our control entirely
Our mind works for past and future profusely.
LIVING IN THE PRESNET MOMENT
In essence, many a times we tend to forget our past mistakes, incidents and mishaps. For some of these events and incidents partly we are responsible or may be partly
others too are responsible. But common thread in all these is that all these past events or incidents leave an indelible impression on us. In all these, we have not to take a dramatic view of it all. We’ve to be rational in our thoughts and actions. Our commitment to the present moment should be final arbiter with the total belief in self and God. With this, God’s love will flow. In Bible it has rightly been said:
Let Him lead me to the banquet hall
And let His banner over me be love.
PAST INCIDENTS SHOULD BESTOW US EXPERIENCE
Evidently, it has been rightly said that our past is dead thus should be forgotten as such as a bad dream. But in real life, we do not run away from the past events and incidents since everything which we experience leave indelible impression on us; we realize it or not, that is bit different. A recent research has revealed that the human brain stays 15 seconds in the past and this visual lag gives stability to the world at large. Therefore, some of the past experiences could serve us well.
When we commit a mistake unintentionally; without realizing that we’re mistaken, such a commission of mistake should provide us realization that we should not commit such a mistake again. Repetition of a mistake is irrational. It is not that we shall not commit any mistake since the one who transacts something commits mistake naturally.
PERSISTENCE PAYS DIVIDENDS
Those who sit only day dreaming hardly can make difference. We have to exert hard in realization of our dream into reality. We should follow the theory of ‘Trial and error method’ of learning new things. Taking cues of the renowned inventors and discoverers, their lives centered around unmatched focus on their projects. Such people with rare traits did not attain success in first attempt, there may be failings many a times but their persistence and perseverance paid dividends ultimately. They performed their Karmic deeds for the attainment of a goal without being overly concerned about the results of their Karma which has been rightly enunciated in Bhagwad Gita.
CONSTANT WORRY MEANS WE REMAIN GLUED TO THE PAST EVENTS
A sound adult perspective of attainment of maturity after gaining umpteen experiences helps. When we speak of constant worry, this implies a present situation that needs handling with due diligence, and again, we need sympathetic sound advice if needed. Otherwise, the residue of guilt, shame or anxiety from the past sordid remains impacting us psychologically as emotional debt. In other words, the past is coming back to haunt our present life. When such thoughts occur, we should not throw them away or, at the other extreme, allow them to fester. Sitting quietly with eyes closed for some time and introspect, take a few deep breath will make difference. When we feel calmer, breathe normally and let the thought be in our mind. Vividly see what the thought is, then quietly we should say to ourselves, ‘I am not going to remain stuck with the past event since past is dead and time is a great healer.’ If the unethical thought still persists, then, revisit the event and experience it again if at all you can. There is every possibility that you will realize the uselessness of its remembering an unethical event/incident.
LIVING WITH THE BAGGAGE OF PAST EVENTS
Dealing the past legacy of bad incidents, if we develop the habit of living in the present moment while keeping the past events in the backburner of our mind, then we can live with serenity and in peace. If we develop the habit of dealing with our past in this way, we shall bring ourselves back into the present after approximately 15 seconds of living in the past, which is the only real-time, the time where life takes place. This is the reality with which we can live and perform our day’s routines; bereft of too much attachment with past, which anyhow is dead.
In essence, there are people who suffer the most despite best efforts then there are some imponderables which cannot be swept under the carpet. Are these sufferings due to the consequence of their past Kukarma (Bad Karmic Deed) of their present and past lives put together? It may be since our thoughts and actions thereof determine our present state. Therefore, it should be our endeavor to live spiritually oriented life, perform our respective duties sincerely and never think ill of others while living with detached mindset bereft of any expectations from others.