“How much of your time do you spend in the present moment?”
A thought-provoking question.
In my quest to maximise my life as much as is humanly possible, to absorb and learn, to expand my knowledge and have my own purpose in life, and thanks to a beautiful friend I silenced social media and settled down to listen to Headspace founders, Andy Puddicome and Rich Pierson talk about their journey and the importance of mindfulness. You can join me in watching it here.
Being completely honest, the interview was, of course, inspiring and it threw up a bit of disturbance in my thoughts when they said that almost 50% of our life is typically spent mind wandering. Seriously, does that mean I have lost half the month or even half of my life by just thinking? And as the interview quite rightly pointed out, if you subtract the hours we spend sleeping what does that leave?
Immediately a gazillion questions are thrashing around my head. What do I think about? Are they things I can change? Am I productive with these thoughts? I know I am an over-thinker, sometimes having an overactive imagination which in my defence is fuelled by actions that have happened in the past which then creates worry but what’s the point in wasting time thinking about them? Am I like many others over thinking because I’m anxious or worried? Again it circles back to the fact I can’t change them or change other people’s actions. But I can change my own. I realise that I need to cut back on the unnecessary thinking and channel that time into enjoying the present, my present moment.
On reflection, September hasn’t been a bad month. The weather in London has on the whole still been pretty pleasing and I am happy to announce I have achieved all goals I set myself. October goals are now in the making with one huge difference, being mindful of what I am thinking about! I am going to stop thinking of things which have happened in the past, I can’t change that. And I am going to be much more proactive about anything I am thinking about the future.
We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future”
I am certainly not going to waste any more of this awesome life I have been given (thanks Mum!).
Do you think too much? How do you combat this? I would love to hear of any new hints and tips!
So hey you, yes you…I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.