A Different Perspective
At this very exact moment, you are okay!
Practicing mindfulness is a great way to calm down anxiety, fears, and worries. When you pay full attention to the present moment, you realize that there is nothing to immediately fear or worry about. We have this illusion that time is extremely fast in which is why we feel so connected to our past and our future.
The interesting part of practicing mindfulness, is realizing how long a second can be when you are fully focused on the moment. Did you know there are things happening in the world that take less than a second to do?
- An insect can flap its wings over a hundred times within 1 second.
- Lighting can strike across the sky in less than 1 second.
- The eye can blink several times within 1 second.
- Speak one verbal word in less than 1 second (thus saying “One Mississippi” is supposedly equivalent to 1 second)
- Supposedly, neuron cells fire several hundred times within 1 second.
Personally for me, 1 second is a long time, especially, knowing that some things that I barely notice take place in less than a second. It makes me wonder why I might be worried about something that may not happen until tomorrow, I mean that is 86,400 seconds away and that is if the thing that I am worried about will even happen at all.
When I focus on the present, time for me seems to slow down. It makes yesterday feel like days ago and tomorrow a week from now. Maybe that is the gap needed to disconnect ourselves from the feelings we have from yesterday and the feelings we have for tomorrow.
Focusing on today is good, but focusing on the very moment is better. It reminds us that we are okay, regardless of any problems we are experiencing or going to experience (or not experience at all), we are okay at this very moment in time and it is this moment in time that matters the most.
I hope when you find yourself having a rough day, you go to bed at night knowing you are okay and tomorrow is a new day.