Too much thinking on the Past and I become sad and regretful. Too much thinking on the Future that may come and I become anxious and unfulfilled over not reaching that potential. In both cases, I become identified with my Mind/ my Ego which is linked to and relates to Time. To live in the Now, to live in the Present, is to silence the Mind/ the Ego, is to Be in the moment which is happiness. – from the book, The Power of Now
PS – too much thinking in the Now would mean I become reactive, not proactive which means I don’t work towards my Goals (my overarching goals coming from my identity) and Life becomes meaningless. So I must think mostly in the Now while taking lessons from the Past and using the Future-thinking briefly to guide my progress in the Now to achieve my Goals.
I include in this blog post the Amazon link to further browse and purchase the book, ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle if you liked reading my summary. I highly recommend it.
30 years of my life it has taken me to realise the hidden wisdom within that cryptic saying “know Thyself” by Socrates thousands of years ago. Knowing who you are means you know what your personality is and if it is suitable for the job you will be doing for the rest of your life; if you are an introvert,
you will not enjoy doing work where you must and need to entertain and socialise with your clients to generate business compared to someone whose
hobby usually involves partying a lot. Knowing who you are determines what your vision is for the future and it is that future that determines who will want to stay in your life whether a spouse, friend, business partner etc. People diverge from each other in life because of circumstances and because their vision of what they want in life, determined by who they are, conflict.
I learned this from Myles Munroe and a Facebook friend.
The more I get rid of possessions I no longer need and adopt a Minimalist way of life (except my ever growing pile of books), the more happier I become.
“Things You Own End Up Owning You” – Tyler Durden, Fight Club
I appreciate the symbolism in this picture. I see it clearly in the Society we live in.
We can pick the Truth (the Red Pill) although it is ugly and we have to live and deal with the Truth/ Truths or we stick to rainbows/ unicorns and rose tinted stories (Blue Pill) we were brought up to believe in that was given to us by Society when we were psychologically programmed since childhood. There are things as they are whether in life/ dating/ corporate work environment/ war and there are things we ‘ought to’ or ‘should’ happen because it is the ‘right’ or ‘moral’ way.
I read on a blog somewhere many years ago on how many days a person can live: 365 days in a year, a 20 year old expected to live around until 65 years will have remaining years to live of 65-20= 45 years so 45 years = 45 x 365 = 16,425 days left to live.
Now, 3 years = 3 x 365 = 1095 days. In 3 years, 1095 days are removed from your remaining time to live so that makes you think a lot about if I go to this event or do this or that, am I wasting my time/ am I moving towards my life goal(s) with the limited time I have/ am I drifting aimlessly/ do I hang out with the right type of people/ do I have to argue with a person/ do I have to endure a difficult situation etc.
Abundance mentality vs scarcity mentality
One is aggressive/ proactive, the other is passive/ reactive.
One plays to win no matter the cost, the other plays to survive and makes excuses.
“What you seek is seeking you.” – Rumi
What you think and say everyday will in some form or another appear in your life whether as a situation, a person or an object. The fact you are reading this particular blog post or searching through my site, intellectualthinking.com, brought you to me.
Like attracts like; nevermind the magnetic poles you learned in Science (due to the delocalised electrons from the metal’s atom), we are dealing with the abstract here, ideas.
It brings me great joy, when I look at my site statistics, to know that people around the world, however few they may be, have taken a portion of their time (a time that is limited on this Earth in comparison to the age of the Universe) to view my ideas. An exchange of ideas between minds, yours and mine. To me, that shows I have made a difference, however small it may be. One of my life’s purposes is to spread ideas.
I have read how the Law of Attraction played a part in one of my idol’s life, Arnold Schwarzenegger; when he wanted to achieve something so bad, he would visualise his future self and his future life, let that submerge into his Subconscious Mind and then he would work tirelessly towards it in the present time no matter the setbacks.