Change Your Perspective, Enhance Your Presence.
A couple suggestions on how to change your perspective and also enhance your level of presence.
Here’s a scenario. You’re enjoying your morning cup of coffee or tea or taking a nice evening stroll. All is well in the present moment. But then you have a worrying thought about finances or something…something that may or may not happen in the future. And you notice that this imaginative thought you have about the future completely ruins the present moment…which is actually real. Your presence at the moment has now been compromised. Well, that’s not very cool!
The truth is we may think we know what will happen in the future, but we really don’t. Anything can happen, anytime. Things we haven’t even imagined. Here's what we do know, however. Presence in each moment is key to the quality of our human connections. Something that increases the quality of our lives. So, what can we do? We can change how we look at things. We can change our perspective.
"One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure."
Here are a couple of suggestions. The first one you’re probably familiar with:
So, instead of labeling a thought about the future as good or bad, and allowing it to affect your presence, think of it as an adventure. Because, well, anything, and everything, can be considered an adventure. Our entire life is an adventure. So, why lie to ourselves, pretending that we know what the future holds? Let’s tell the truth...and accept the adventure of it all - and preserve our presence!
Try it on right now, if you’re up for it. Think of a worrying thought about the future at this moment. As you feel into the worrying scenario, notice yourself perhaps stop breathing, feeling anxious, or sick in your stomach. And notice how you begin to disconnect from your present moment.
Now, think of that thought as an adventure instead.
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