Living in the Moment

Sometimes the self-talk in one’s head gets carried away with itself, and then it is hard to live in “the moment”. One tends to live in the world of reflection. There is nothing wrong with reflection, as long as it doesn’t become set to “critique”mode. That surely results in negativity and for some people : depression.  How can we stop this destructive process and mindset?

Marc and Angel provide a clue to ponder about today:-

“The most common and destructive addiction in the world is the draw of comfort.  Why pursue growth when you already have 400 television channels and a recliner?  Just pass the chip dip and lose yourself in a trance.  WRONG!  That’s not living – that’s existing.  Living is about learning and growing through excitement and discomfort. Life is filled with questions, and problems, many that can’t be easily resolved. ”

So either stay in your comfort zone, and feel in awe of the multitude of problems in the world, or be thankful that you are strong enough to endure them. This is a totally different mindset, and resets the chatter in one’s head-space. Then you need to step out of your comfort zone.

“Every morning when you wake up, think of three things that are going well in your life at the moment.  As you fall asleep every night, fill your mind with an appreciation for all the small things that went well during the day.  Examine your successes. Remind yourself often of what works well and why, and you’ll naturally find ways to make lots of other things work well too.”

candleSince the mind drives the body, it’s the way you think that eventually makes you feel good or bad and dream what is possible or impossible.

“Your reality is simply a reflection of your thoughts and the way you routinely contemplate what you know to be true.  All too often you literally do not know any better than good enough.  Sometimes you have to try to do what you think you can’t do, so you realize that you actually CAN. It all starts on the inside.  You control your thoughts.  The only person who can hold you down is YOU.

Nothing in life is constant.  There is neither absolute happiness nor absolute sadness.  There are only the changes in our moods that continuously oscillate between these two extremes. At any given moment we are comparing how we currently feel to how we felt at another time – comparing one level of our contentment to another. ” (That ridiculous endless mind chatter of comparison)

Channel the endless mind chatter of thought/self talk to really focus on the good. Live each moment consciously, and realize that negative comparisons are distracting you from all the happiness around you. if you notice it.

If you are willing to appreciate that this moment is far better than it could have been, you will enjoy it more for what it truly is.” (source: in parentheses – Marc and Angel)

As corny as it sounds, the way you think does determine your ‘world’

Something to ponder about today.

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About Forestwoodfolk

Scandinavian culture, literature and traditions are close to my heart, even though I am Australian. I have Scandinavian, Frisian and Prussian/Silesian ancestry and for that reason, I feel a connection with that part of the world. I am an avid Nordic Crime fiction reader, and enjoy photography, writing and a variety of cooking and crafts, and traditional decorative art forms. Politically aware and egalitarian by nature, I have a strong environmental bent.
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7 Responses to Living in the Moment

  1. scrapydo says:

    Well there I(you) have it. Just the way it works. I am busy “thinking” myself in a “not worth” today. Here you are telling just how it is. Depression is a horrible state of the mind. All in the mind. It is easy to do nothing and not try something. As soon is this power is broken it gets better again.(I am missing my family and SA – I can do nothing about it.)Just start quilting or go for a walk helps.It rained all day and I could not go out. Sun is trying to come out now so I am off to have a quick dry walk with Trompie

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    • I see that you “get” the message in this post. However, I do not mean to diminish the difficulty sufferers of severe depression (catatonic state) have when it is impossible to even function to eat and drink, let alone organize to do anything. They find it impossible to re-set themselves. But just when one thinks one can’t take any more, one can! It is always fascinating to see what makes one person resilient and able to move on,(against all odds), and another not. Agree that it is so easy, sometimes too easy, to give up. Distractions, routine, and doing something, anything, is the best antidote. And in the meantime, there is always Skype or suchlike to keep in touch with SA?

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    • scrapydo says:

      I know! I am in contact by e-mail wit my family but sometimes it is as if they do not come back to me or don’t answer questions I ask!

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  2. Anna says:

    This was an interesting post to read. The way you think really does affect the way you feel! Sometimes I find myself stressing about nonsense. I also like the idea of waking up and going to sleep thinking of things to be thankful about. We don’t always pay attention to the little things that are important.

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    • I am glad you like the post. It is easy for me to post these ideas, but much harder to put into practice on a regular basis. i think, if we are going to lay in bed thinking about something, each day, it is much better to be thinking positive thoughts, and be grateful for what we do have, than lament what we have not. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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    • Anna says:

      That’s so true. But hopefully practice will bring better focus and it will get easier to think of the good things!

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