Do you time-travel often?

Hello my fellow human Beings:

Do you find yourself being transported back to the past to relive old events, conversations and thought patterns?

Or perhaps you find yourself being teleported into the future – dreaming of the next day, the next weekend, or the next vacation?

So often we find ourselves time-travelling away from the present moment into the past or into the future.

We haven’t actually mastered the technique of time-travel, yet we seem resolved to keep trying it, piecemeal style, in our minds.

WHY?

Does it help us live a better today to keep returning to the past or daydreaming of the future?

NO.

Does time-travelling in our minds help us to worry less or to enjoy life more?

NO.

Does it make us happier, more peaceful or more liberated?

NO.

So why do we do it then?

It’s because of old, negative, conditioned habit patterns that we inherited from our families and grew up doing our whole lives.  Sometimes, we seemingly do it on autopilot, as we’ve become so conditioned to following these negative habit energies for so long.

But don’t worry, there is a way out of the mind time-travel vortex and that’s through our mediation practice in which we re-train our minds to keep returning to the present moment and focusing on our object of mindfulness.  Every time we practice breath awareness meditation, we teach our minds to focus on the present moment and our breathing.  When we notice our minds wander away from our breath, we gently, and without judgement or admonition, return our focus back to our breath in this moment.  Continual daily practice helps us to work that mind muscle to stay fully in the present moment, in the now, where we can live peacefully and happily with life as it is in the present.

In Peace is Every Breath, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hahn reminds us how our meditation practice can help us dwell happily in the present.  He states:

“Breathing … with awareness generates the energy of mindfulness.  This energy brings our mind back to our body so that we’re really here in the present moment, so we can be in touch with the wonders of life that are there inside us and around us.  If we can recognize these wonders, we have happiness immediately.  Fully available to the present moment, we discover that we already have enough conditions to be happy – more than enough, in fact.  We don’t need to go looking for anything more in the future or in some other place.  That’s what we call abiding or dwelling happily in the present.”

So this week I encourage you to find time often to be still, to meditate, and to be fully connected to the present moment.  Through your meditation practice, I hope you will get connected to your True Self, your Inner Being, which is filled with peace, love and joy. … and I hope you will live abundantly NOW!

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