The Power of Now and How Life Is Like a Cinema

The Power of Now and How Life Is Like a Cinema

Imagine you're in a movie theatre. Three screens are superimposed on each other; the first two are semi-transparent, so you can choose which screen to watch if you change your focus. The back screen is the past, the middle screen is the present moment, and the first screen is the future.

The Power of Focus

You can't affect the movies, but you can choose to focus on the past, the future or the present. When you learn to adjust your focus, you learn that in the present, you have the choice; you have the choice of what to focus on.

The Mind's Influence

When your focus is on the past or in the future, it will mainly have been taken there by your subconscious mind. You're there because you've been drawn there. Very rarely do we choose to focus on the past or future. And if you do choose, you will have made that choice in the present.

How Life Is Like A Cinema

Now imagine the movie is a movie about a party. You've walked into the party and don't know anyone, so you want to listen to the conversations before joining one. So you get a drink, and as you do so, you focus on the conversations. Some of them are ruminating over gloomy subjects, but you hear an uplifting conversation in one group.

The Power of Focus

Because you're in the present moment and you are aware, you can adjust your focus and tune in to the uplifting conversation, and if you wish, give it your full attention and learn and benefit from it.

Meditation as Mental Training

Meditation is mental training. Primarily, you are training your subconscious to make you aware you are on autopilot, then exercising your focus. You are training your subconscious to recognise when your mind is going down a rabbit hole of unhelpful, repetitive, persistent thought patterns. Then, it returns your attention to an aware present moment.

The Power of Now

When you have trained your mind through gentle repetition (meditation), your mind will automatically identify unhelpful narratives, wake you up, help you to become aware that your autopilot is running and give you the choice to focus your attention on the helpful, uplifting, fulfilling, gratifying, connective, collaborative experiences that you would otherwise walk right past.

RobertMitchell

RobertMitchell

#meditation, #resilience and #mindfulness teacher (I’ve taught about 3,000 classes). Founder of @bromleymindfulness and @themeditationcourse
London, England.