The POWER OF NOW is often quite a misinterpreted concept. Most people tend to associate “the power of now” with a fatalistic/non-caring attitude or waiting for some miracle or divine intervention to shape the future. Far from it! The Power of NOW - as integral part of the human time realm - means that we use today to create a better future for tomorrow, by being aware of what is happening NOW, identify opportunities, alternatives and possibilities, embrace our responsibility (especially responsibilities disguised as choice - primarily complex decisions) and do not neglect our accountability to the process of life.
All events that we have experience in our life up to this moment, was created by our thoughts and believes that we held in the past. The words we used, the ideas we generate and our believes held… yesterday, last week, last year, some 5, 10, 15, 20 years ago… all created the experiences that we have at this moment; NOW!
However, our experiences was in the past. Today it is over and done with and there is “nothing” that we can do about it nor can we change the past. What is most important is NOW (the present moment)… what we choose to think, believe and say RIGHT NOW. For these actions will create our future, allow us to change direction in life, reach our destiny, achieve our dreams… or we remain stuck in a survival existence rut (i.e remaining a wild horse), dominated by our past… unable to become a survivor (i.e. an Oryx) who strive and live for the future.
What we decide right now - in the present moment - is going to shape our experiences of tomorrow… next week, next month, next year in 5 years time, in 10 years, 15, …etc. Hence, we always start creating our own tomorrows by our thoughts, ideas and believes ….NOW… and in the present!
We can use our past experiences as either a challenge for sharpening specific survival competencies (i.e. learning of lessons) or as an excuse to remain a passive victim of circumstances. The future is our co-created opportunities. The future represent our goals, visions, dreams and hopes. BUT the present, the present is the only change that we have to take action!
Thus, we can only change circumstances by taking action NOW… not our past, nor our future can change circumstances or events… ONLY THE NOW!
The significance and real value of the POWER OF NOW (and seize the moment) is essential for modern times, because we are presently living…
The essential philosophy underlying the POWER of NOW - based on an old Japanese proverb - is.. Dreams without action, is mere day dreams and lead to nowhere, BUT actions without dreams frequently becomes a nightmare and tends to turn into destructive chaos. The power of now also implies that we should respect and protect any individual's freedom of choice (dreams) at all cost, BUT also to constantly remind them of their responsibilities, group accountabilities and making them aware of the possible consequences of their choices and their subsequent actions. Because the same as with dreams (hopes), reality is merely electric impulses (from our senses) interpreted by our mindset and believes (i.e. brain). Therefore, reality (often incorrectly claimed as the absolute truth) is merely thoughts, ideas, view and perspectives… a matter of perception.
Thus, OUR POINT OF POWER IS ALWAYS IN THE PRESENT (the NOW!) and our opportunities in future is the result of our choices in the present… our choices isn't determine by the opportunities that we currently have… although we are inclined and conditioned to belief so.
Therefore, beginning today and right NOW! I WILL…
Acquiring and practicing Mindfulness - as promoted during the talk - essentially boils down to the mastering of some form or kind of meditation technique that is practiced at least once a week. For meditation guidelines and techniques, please click here.