Tuesday, April 2, 2013
FREE AS A CHILD
Good day and I hope you are having a great week.
Have you ever noticed that children are happy. I mean truly happy. The reason for that is related to the topic of a book by Eckhart Tolle called The Power of Now. Children up to a certain age, usually 5 or 6, have no problem living in the Now. For example I put my 2 year old in time out for miss behaving and 2 minutes later she is offering me her tangerine without any feeling of anger, or retaliation. Children of all ages, and all socioeconomic status when given the basic necessities are truly happy because they live in the now. They do not worry the future, tomorrow. They most often forget about the past and do not dwell on the mistakes of the past. They can be present at this moment with 100% concentration.
In fact it is us as parents that bring up memories of the past and or the future for them and create stress for them. Imagine if you could be as happy as a child no matter where you are in your life financially, career wise, etc? I have to admit the first reading of the book The Power of Now was a bit rough. It is a very deep and philosophical book, and I have to read it a few more times to grasp the full benefit of it, however the fact remains that it is a struggle for me at least to be able to be present in the now for any length of time without extreme amount of concentration. That is a habit that I surmise plague most of us. It is something however, that can be worked on and most definitely something that can be achieved as a new habit.
The benefits are many and priceless in my opinion. I was told many times and have read it in numerous places that 95% of what we fear about any event will NOT happen. I have also written about FORGIVENESS in this blog. By living in the NOW you eliminate both issues. There is no fear of what may happen because you will be doing things a moment at a time. There is nothing to keep inside and dwell about because there is no concentrating on the past. It seems like a simple way of living and in theory it is a stress free way of living.
There is a reason however, that most Buddhist monks spend a lifetime perfecting this single way of living. It is something to aspire too. It goes without saying that you should not be too hard on yourself if you stumble because that would not be living in the now.
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