As I’m driving my car back to the office from lunch. Dr. Wayne Dyer’s words are seeping into my brain. All we have is the now, be in it. I tell my students constantly, come back to the now, to the breath, but how do you do this exactly?
Well first, make it relatable. Think of how your mind works when driving. In regards to past, present, and future thinking our minds are running through the same thought loops. To drive successfully we need to be focused on what is right now, while also being aware of what’s ahead of us. If we are looking into the rear view mirror (past) then we aren’t in control of what’s happening right now. We may even be headed for disaster. If we just keep looking far in the distance (future), we might miss someone jumping in front of us or breaking suddenly. In the now we are aware. We feel the gas pedal under our foot, our ears listening for any approaching sirens, we see what is approaching us and stay present to deal with it.
Often times what ends up happening is we may see something in the distance that requires action. We assess if we can do something about it right now and simply act. If we get caught in the fear of “What will I do when the time comes?” we are may become paralyzed in inaction. What can you do right now? In this moment. If it’s nothing, then simply take notice and you will act when the time is right. Sometimes, however, we choose inaction when we perceive an obstacle in our future. Stopping in your tracks is going to put you at risk, because life will keep whizzing past you.
If you are looking in that rear view, I hope it’s because you need to briefly backup in order to move forward. You can’t reverse what’s already done, but you can take a step back, so that you can take another route.
Life is a journey. Now is all we have. So roll down the windows, feel the breeze in your hair, the feel of the steering wheel underneath your hands, and belt out those tunes.