It is so easy to let our minds carry us away from the present to the future. We imagine all kinds of scenarios, usually the worst, and find ourselves stuck and ruminating. In doing so, we miss out on the present moment, which is usually a much less frightening place than the one we are imagining.
It is very easy to get stuck in this frame of mind. It is interesting to note that these questions often begin with, “What if?” – What if lose my job? What if my partner leaves me? What if I fail my exams? What if my children become ill? – I’m sure you can add to the list.
Although we cannot bury our heads in the sand and never think about worse case scenarios, it is when we find ourselves stuck and ruminating that it becomes detrimental to our peace of mind.
As soon as we hear the words, “What if?” we need to be careful, take a breath, and bring ourselves back to the present moment.
If you have time, (less than three minutes) listen to this inspirational speech by the late philosopher Alan Watts: Live Fully Now by Alan Watts