Living Life in the Present Moment
I know this blog is supposed to be about rowing, but let me make an exception. As of late, I’ve been trying to practice mindfulness. What is mindfulness? It’s basically the ability to be present and aware of the current moment, focused on what is, rather than what has been or what could be. For me, mindfulness has been somewhat challenging. I like to think ahead and anticipate things that might happen in the future. I also like to look back and relive past moments in my life over and over again. These habits can be harmful because reliving the past leads to feelings of remorse and regret, while thinking about the future can cause anxiety.
I’ve been making an effort to be here, now. Currently, I’m in my room with the lights out, lying on my unmade bed. The mini fridge is humming and the A/C is whirring away quietly. Right here, right now, I am looking at the ceiling. I am breathing. I am in this space and nowhere else. I am doing only those things which I’m doing right now. I am not the future, I am not the past. I am now. I am the present. I am alive. I exist here in this moment.
Those things are real. They are the only reality. Certainly, the fact that things of the past happened is a reality as well, but they are no longer reality. They are past. The fact that things are going to happen in the future is real as well, but those things are not real, they have yet to be realized. We cannot predict the future, we cannot live in the past. We are what we are now, at this moment in time. What we were in the last moment is no longer. What we will be in the next moment has yet to be.
The present is the only thing that truly matters. It is the only realm in which we exist. We can only do things in the present moment. We can only think, and hear, and act, and learn in the present moment. The present moment is all that exists. It is all that there is.