Why It Can Be a Catastrophe To Not Be “Present”
There is loads of information available about the benefits of being “present in the moment” on the internet, including classic quotes like the one below.
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
But for myself and a good friend, not being present has also led to catastrophe.
Ok, I am clumsy at the best of time, one of those people that will find things to trip over and ensure I do. Luckily, I have a good sense of humour and can laugh about this, as does my gorgeous girlfriend who is precisely the same.
Recently my friend had a massive fall on her property, injuring her hand, shoulder and cracking a rib. Then the other morning while running to Pilates, I too had a huge fall. Are you ready to visualise this? It was one of those falls where I tripped, knew I was going to fall, but remained for what seemed like seconds in mid-air, before luckily managing to throw myself onto the grass. Thankfully, I only injured my shoulder and pulled some stomach muscles, but as I was wearing a white top and baby pink pants, they ended up covered in mud. I didn’t care, had a laugh, glad that I hadn’t done more damage and carried onto the class.
Luckily we can laugh about our misadventures over a wine or two, but what my friend and I have learnt is we fall more often when we are not present, being in the moment. We injure ourselves when we are thinking of ten things into the future, things we have to achieve that day or week, or daydreaming of the past.
Have you ever driven a car home, for say thirty-plus minutes, pulled up in the driveway and wondered how you got there? You can’t remember the trip home. Does this scare you too?
I am sure many of you can relate similar stories too. So, to stay safe from injuring yourself and others remind yourself to stay present and focused on what you are doing in the moment.
(Oh, and the best part about my latest fall is a car drove past and saw the whole thing. At least I entertained them, and I am sure they laughed too. But I hope through laughter it saves many of you from wandering off mentally and instead staying present.)
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.