Unlocking the full potential of your inspiration and blessings all starts with the decision to live in the present moment, rather than the past or the future. This is the single most important thing that I have found out in my very short time living on this blue marble that we call home, Earth.
It is probably the simplest lesson any teacher can teach his or her student: Let go of the past and the future, and open yourself to the present moment. But, in its simplicity, this lesson is probably the hardest lesson you will have to learn. Especially in the day and age we live in today.
The age of technology – evolution or degradation?
In this day and age of technology, we live in a world full of instant gratification. We get what we want, whenever we want. Almost everyone in this world now knows what a smartphone is and what it is capable of doing.
In this very moment, you can open a new tabloid, go to your favorite online store and buy that amazing book that you have always wanted. And once you have placed your order, you simply close the tab and continue reading this amazing blog!
The point is this: you name it, you can have it with you the next day, delivered straight to your doorstep. Of course, this is only talking about material products, but it gets even better when talking about information.
With the new developments and growth of the internet and technologies, everyone owning a smartphone has all the knowledge of the world ready at their fingertips.
Depending on how fast you can type and how well you can use Google, you can have the desired information in front of you in just mere seconds. It really is amazing.
Or is it?
What is the outcome of the busy minds?
Go on a random train ride and, just for the fun of it, observe the people around you. You will probably see that almost everyone will have their heads bowed down, peering intensely at their smartphones.
Here, I have listed the two biggest negative outcomes that come with the rise of the internet and smartphones.
1. A need to consume information all the time – uncomfortable with silence.
With the rise of the internet and availability of information, people have grown more and more uncomfortable with moments of silence. Like a train ride, for example.
To sit down and not consume any kind of information for just a few moments, has become the hardest thing to do for most people. They have grown accustomed to always being busy with their minds, taking in all kinds of information.
2. Increased depressions
I believe this is because people nowadays are only living inside of their minds, not able to listen to their hearts anymore. They have lost the connection with themselves.
Now, I know this actually might come across as pretty negative and depressing, which, in a way, it really is. But I believe this also offers a great perspective!
Now, we get the chance to actually realize this and consciously balance our lives. We now have the opportunity to realize the beauty of this tool called “the World Wide Web”, but also realize it is just that, a tool.
Is there a way out of the circle?
In fact, the internet is a great tool to use! However, it shouldn’t be the center of your live. It doesn’t have to keep feeding your mind with unlimited amounts of information. It is sometimes also good to just simply take a walk, and feel the beauty of this present moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh (one of the most well-known Buddhist Zen Teachers) says it best: “Every breath, every step can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.”
You don’t need an outside source of input to give you a sense of gratification and joy. The moment you open your eyes to the present, is the moment you will feel what is to be fully alive. When I realized this and really opened myself to the present moment, that was when I became flooded with peace, joy, and serenity.
The wonder of the present moment
All of a sudden, I was able to see the beauty in all that was around me, able to enjoy the birds chirping outside in the garden. I was even able to enjoy the cold and refreshing rain drops on my face!
All of a sudden, the colors of the world seemed brighter to me, even though it was a stormy day. And it was then, that I suddenly heard a voice speaking, a voice coming from within myself, my chest to be precise.
When I opened myself to the wonders of the present moment, I was able to clearly listen to what my heart had to say.
What to do if you feel overwhelmed?
Now, every time I feel overwhelmed by all the stuff that is happening around me, or when I need to make an important decision, I go for a walk. No matter what the weather is like that day. I just go outside and start putting my one foot in front of the other.
And the longer I do this, with complete consciousness with every step, the more I can feel myself opening up to that very moment. Then, it is really simple to know what my next step will have to be, because my heart already has an answer.
If you would like to learn more about living in the moment, check out this article: How to live in the moment?
Create a balance
So, to conclude everything, in order to create a balance in our lives, it is very important to always remember to live in this very moment, in the present. Because it is in the present where I am filled with immense peace, joy, and serenity.
This is easiest to achieve during light physical activity, since your mind will be busy with moving your body. It enables your heart to step forward and really shine its light. That is why I say to you: Walking is the best thing you could ever do!