Barefoot Rhapsody Blog

Musings in "barefoot mode" -  taking a moment to step out of those restrictive shoes we wear, experience, feel and visualise life without them on

Dose 6 of Purple Mindful Mode - Mental time travel Vs the Present Moment

Prince said it.

Time is a mind construct. It’s not real.

Oprah Winfrey said it.

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. 

It is the sixth mindful “dimension” - Mental Time Travel versus Remaining in the Present Moment. 

Mindful meditation trains the mind so you consciously ‘see’ your own thoughts as they bubble up, so you can let the bubbles blow away on the breeze and live your life as it unfolds in the present moment. 

Cultivating the habit of being conscious of when you are remembering, and when you are planning, helps free you from re-living past events and re-feeling their pain, or pre-living future disasters and pre-feeling their impact.

As Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh http://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/ reminds us, taking the time out to practice the habit, actually frees up more “real time”:

To meditate with mindful breathing is to bring body and mind back to the present moment so that you do not miss your appointment with life.

Oprah has described the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle https://www.eckharttolle.com/article/Eckhart-Tolle-Oprah-Winfrey-O-Magazine-Interview as essential reading for anyone seeking a more connected, vibrant life and she carries it with her wherever she goes. 

And, it seems so obvious when he describes it like this:

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. ... The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.

Writing about this mindful “dimension” in the wake of the apparently intolerance-motivated killing of the MP Jo Cox, it seems the moment to go a step further on the link between mindfulness and peace. 

Thich Nhat Hanh devotes his life to teaching how living happily and at peace with ourselves in the present moment is the only way to develop true peace, both in one’s self and in the world.

One Eckhart Tolle quote takes this a step further by connecting the mental state of being present with a more peaceful form of intelligence:

Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.

By working with breath and movement, yoga postures supports the habit of bringing yourself consciously back to the present moment instead of slipping away, unconsciously, into mental time travel.  

The postures, or ‘asanas’, also prepare mind and body for meditation and stillness, their original purpose as developed by the ancient yogis thousands of years ago. 

Try converting your mat into your dance floor, integrating yoga, mindfulness, nutrition, fun and energy into a new kind of social, a #NightOutinYogaPants.

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Resources

Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Eckhart Tolle for her Soul Series: https://youtu.be/-QMpBCyd5b4

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Mindfulness a practical guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World, by Mark Williams and Danny Penman