The mind thinks in linear terms, or in a line which creates a continuum, joining the past to the future, and leaving out the ‘now’. Our thoughts of the past, or worries about the future, keep us held within the confines and limitations of time. Thinking and time, therefore, are somewhat intertwined.
Time for now
Because of the way we are taught to think it is easy to adopt a habit to bypass the present moment. This occurs to a point where there are very few moments in a persons life that are really fully lived. We have been taught to dream of future circumstances, with the belief that when we reach the goal ‘then’ we can be happy. Society has led us to strive for things with contentment offered only when we get them. But, the only time we can actually experience happiness and contentment is now. The past is past and the future is imagined.
Keep it simple
If it’s only possible to experience our contentment in the present moment, which it is, then it makes sense to live fully ‘in’ the present moment. Traveling in third-world countries gave me the opportunity to be with people that have very little. Some of them were the happiest people I have ever met. Mostly, they lived simple lives free of craving past or future ideals. By living this way they were open to the experience of every given moment.
What the future holds
Through practicing meditation and reminding myself to be present, I came to notice that there is a certain excitement in not knowing the exact details of my future. By removing the need to over-plan, we can experience more of what our past choices have created right now.
Tools to be present
Little Wings Guidance Oracle Cards are about helping release the limitations of time to remind you, instead, of the eternal present moment. They remind you that Peace, Love and Joy are all internal ‘states’ that can only be experienced, you guessed it, NOW!
Ascension Meditation is a practice using easy, effective, and powerful tools which gently return the awareness to the present moment. Once I found Ascension and consistently practiced it, I stopped searching… for anything.
What stands out with this form of meditation is that you can use the techniques with your eyes open or closed. I was taught Ascension meditation in 2014 and went on to become a teacher of Ascension in the Ishaya tradition. I recommend it wholeheartedly. There are regular courses held worldwide through The Bright Path. Here’s the website for details.