It was impactful realizing that the moment I was working towards was never going to come, because it would only ever exist outside of this moment, which is all we have.
The process is the end result, and the journey the destination. Thinking about the future and the past takes the importance away from this moment, and places it on something that lives outside of us. I’m not saying to never contemplate moments outside of this one, it’s just crucial to not forget that we are here, not there.
Chasing an Illusion
If we’re caught up chasing a series of outcomes, we lose sight of what’s right in front of us. We fall into the mentality of, “After I get this, I’ll feel better.” which, of course, is short lived once obtained, as there will always be something else to “get” in order to be satisfied.
This sense of satisfaction derived from external circumstances is at the core of this illusion. If you look around you, and choose to become consciously aware of all that you have to genuinely appreciate in this moment, you’ll come to realize that you already are successful and abundant.
Abundance is a mindset, not a circumstance. If we place ourselves in an energy of lack, then we will always see from the perspective of what we do not have, convincing ourselves that our lives are not good enough as they are. When we place ourselves in an energy of gratitude, we are then able to see our true wealth and potential, attracting all that we need as we see all that we have.
Running from Thought
It’s easy to get caught up in our thoughts, especially when they’re fueled by fear and self–doubt. When this happens, one thought usually leads to another, until it becomes an overwhelming story of surviving an illusionary and self-constructed demise, running from a series of past events, and avoiding a potentially painful future.
This story is only scary because we believe it, and therefore, we run from it. We can still learn from lessons in our past, and take action to guide our future, but the second we allow the past and future to take over our presence is when we lose the joy of being “here“, and all that comes with it.
We then end up running from thoughts about a time that doesn’t exist, a fear that isn’t here, and circumstances that grow the more attention we give it. The truth is that, although we may not realize it, by following these thoughts, we are unintentionally running from presence. We never get this moment again, so why not choose to enjoy it while it’s here?
To realize that this life journey is the end result… Each moment is a new experience when we choose to take it in, and see all that it has to offer. When we live our lives waiting for the next opportunity, the “next” moment, we waste so much of it living in dissatisfaction.
Making mindful choices within each moment is where our true power lies. We are the directors of our own destiny, so let us not choose to be the “victims” of our lives. We are all artists, expressing our freedom and creativity with this life as our canvas.
Similar to the way we listen to a song with the intention of enjoying the full experience, rather than waiting in limbo for the end to come, we should go about life the same. This is true freedom, the freedom that can never be lost.