There is only one answer to the question “What time is it?” The answer is always “Now”. It can only ever be now. The present moment. And this moment is the only moment that really matters.
We can turn the hands of the clock backwards, but we can’t change the past. We can turn the hands of the clock forward, but we have no idea what is going to happen in the next minute, let alone the next year. So why do we spend so much time in the past and the future, two places we have absolutely no control over?
Observing Your Thoughts
Have you ever really observed your thoughts? I can guarantee you that if you do, you will notice how nuts they really are. For example, I know that I spend so much time (and I mean lots of time) in these discussions and conversations I am going to have with people that in reality I know I will never have. I spend so much brain power on these fantasy future conversations. I also tend to rehash the past, but with differing outcomes – how pointless is that! What am I doing? (I told you it was nuts). Wasting my time, that’s what. Because that is exactly what this is. If we are anywhere but the present moment we are wasting this precious life.
That’s not to say that we should not be striving, planning, doing. Of course we should, but it is about approaching all of this in a mindful and aware manner.
It is not until we stop and spend time in meditation, or even contemplation, that we can see how much useless and pointless chatter goes on in our minds, consuming our emotional, physical and mental energy. Humans really are suckers for punishment. Why do we make our lives so much more complex than they actually need to be? I believe it is because we have lost our way, lost our ability to tune in to Grace, to the present moment, to consciousness. But we can find our way again – it is simply a matter of becoming aware, of committing to regular periods of stillness and mindfulness, and cultivating a regular meditation practice.
The Time is Always Now
The analogy of the clock, and “time” really helps to bring me into the “now”, and is a great reminder to check in with myself and see where am I right now, and how I am aiding in my personal development, as well as positively influencing others and thereby creating a better imprint on this precious Earth.
I hope that this inspires you to take a deeper, closer look at your thoughts and where your mind is at on a more regular basis. We can effect the most positive change for ourselves and humanity if we become aware beings. So, focus on what time it is right now.
And what happens if the alarm clock goes off? Well, that’s the present moment screaming at you “IT’S NOW!!!”.
Short Experimental Exercise For You
To help you notice your breath and your thoughts you may like to listen to this short experiment I have recorded for you here…
*Photo by Andrik Langfield on Unsplash