Remind yourself of the present as 2012 draws to a close
The famous novel by Charles Dickens a ‘Christmas Carol’ may have an underlying message that has more meaning than what was intended in the book. Today, the world revolves around the smallest of pleasures, be it in the form of TV, movies, food and other entertainment. People all gravitate towards what they can do in the near future and how to get there as fast as possible. These kind of one-sided thoughts may be detrimental to our well being especially when it comes to love and relationships. Maybe we are living too much into the future, thinking or learning very little of the past and trying to move away from the present as fast as possible. Perhaps it’s time to reflect what we are doing and why we are doing it and reclaim some of that precious present time.
The popularity of Eckhart Tolle’s book on the ‘Power of Now’ may perhaps be a result of this shifting trend in people’s lives. Perhaps the Mayan’s knew something we didn’t and maybe they knew deeply the changing trends in human evolution and thus worked out the culmination of a our present era in 12/12 and the beginning of a new era. Whatever this may be, we all know that men have evolved at an alarming rate in the last century alone and our consumption of information, knowledge and advancement is more insatiable than ever. Eckhart points to a very important fact that most of us are actually living in the future. Think about this when we go about our daily business, we continuously feed into our minds with thoughts of where we would like to be in a certain time in the future. Amit Goswami from his popular documentary ‘The Quantum Activist’ clearly states that ‘doing’ and ‘being’ are important traits in our lives. What he is implying by this is that we should take a moment to reflect in between the action list we continuously bombard into our heads. Perhaps the benefit of prayers and meditation holds much importance as a result and even more so in the Muslim calendar where they are required to pray five times a day.
Our restlessness and the desire to be somewhere ‘better’ in the next few minutes keep us moving continuously and this will surely distract us from the needs of the present time. This could be overlooking an important point regarding your partners needs or anyone’s needs for that matter. Naturally, there is a lot to be said of a ‘thinking man’ where they are able to assimilate the information around them the present time and create something for themselves of the future ie. manifest their own lives. Perhaps leaders are borne out of this fact and maybe all of us can learn a lesson or two. Take a few minutes to pause and catch your breath while 2012 draws to a close.