"The past, that's history
The future, that's a mystery
The present, that's a gift, that's why they call it the present"
This relates to my earlier post about the importance of perspective. Everything we perceive is ultimately coming through a subjective filter, and I think it’s pretty amazing that everyone on this earth sees life through a slightly different lens.
One person might see a sunset and it reminds them of a camping trip they’ve been on, while another might see it and think of a particular piece of music or a film.
This underlines to me just how significant the mind really is. It’s controls our whole experience, and that’s why it is crucial to give mental health, and the training of your mind in a positive way, as much attention as possible.
People go to the gym to hone and fine tune their physical health, but I feel like it’s easy to overlook the need to put the same amount of time and effort into your mental health. I’ve always played lots of sport, so I know I’ve always prioritised the former, but now I’m starting to learn that’s not always the best way to go.
Physical health and mental health are linked, and improving one can improve the other. But in terms of evaluating situations, deciding how to act, whether to respond in a positive way, or a negative way, that’s all down to the mind.
I love this song, ‘Moments’, and Jhené Aiko is an amazing artist whose music makes it so easy to just drift away and lose yourself. I’ve always thought it would be perfect for meditation, and she said in a recent interview that lots of her fans do use her music to meditate to.
The message is generally built around focusing on the present moment, and not worrying about the past or future. All you need to do this, and to do most of the steps in this project, is the mind.
"You better freeze the moment, seize it, own it
Focus is on it, our time to go in"
Personally, this song resonates with me as a little wake-up call, a musical espresso (why has that not been invented?), that reminds me to make the most of now, today, the present moment. Don’t get caught up regretting the past or working yourself up over the future. All you get is now.
I’m really just thinking out loud and writing this to myself, because I’m always zoning out and getting lost in my thoughts, whether they’re about things that have gone by or things looming on the horizon.
This song just brings me back to the present, and makes me concentrate on devoting my energy into getting the most out of. This. Moment. Right.
"Everything you need to be contented is right here
Right in this minute
You can have it when you understand that all that matters is right here"
By the same token, the principle ‘All you need is your mind’ gives me a sense of not blaming other people, or the situations that might befall you, for your predicaments. Obviously, this is a generalisation, and in some instances it’s not this simple.
But as a rule of thumb, you have the power to change your mentality, your mindset, and your level of happiness. It’s not up to anyone else. It’s up to you. It’s your right to find happiness - go out there and grab it with both hands!