The Nature of Time and How to Live in the Present

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Our sense of time seems to continually speed up as we age. As the years go by, the finite nature of life becomes more and more apparent to us. As much as we think we understand we aren’t going to last forever, we often don’t begin to actually feel that until we get older.

This can prompt us to feel like we need to race time. Often so much pressure is put on us to achieve, but time especially does this to us when we have an idea of all of the things we want to accomplish and do before we get to a certain age.

Live in the MomentHowever, the future is made up of a series of “nows.” Rather than getting caught up in what we should be doing, we need to focus on what we are doing right here, right now. Much of this simply comes from learning to let go of expectations and enjoy the present moment for what it is.

We need to take some time to look within and understand how our minds are constantly trapped in a whirlwind of interpretations, past memories and anticipations for the future. No one is excluded from this. To some degree, we are all wrapped up in the story our mind is telling us in any given moment.

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The key is recognizing that it’s a story and nothing more. Our mind is creating a picture that helps us compare, measure, analyze, and interpret. The problem is in our attachment to this picture.

We chain ourselves in to each moment by wrapping our expectations around it. We expect it to follow suit with what we know, and with patterns of what we’ve experienced in the past.

It is only in consistently being mindful of our mental activity that we can begin to become free from the chains of our minds.

Timing“They gave me 1 minute. Not to change the world but to change someone’s world. Because we all know how much someone’s world can change in a minute. It only took a masked man less than that to tell my dad he had less than a year to live. And as a kid a minute can feel like a lifetime, until your mom says you have about one minute to say your goodbyes. My cries were held hostage by her broken smile, broken spirit, broken arrows penetrated my broken spine… I was no longer upright. I was folding into dimensions without a template like a fumbling child was using me to create the saddest origami in class. They told me this too shall pass, so cliché… And it hasn’t yet. Negative minutes is what we have. So I grasp on to each one like it’s my lifeline and as a doctor sometimes I will only have one minute to save a life… To remember my childlike eyes losing their world to gray skies and try to make someone’s fate different than mine… See… Sometimes… One minute is everything.” —”Artikulate,” Cory Russo, Spoken Word Artist
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