Do you ever feel like there’s something missing in your life? It feels like you’re always waiting for something to arrive. You want the future to come, because it’s better there.
Waiting for the Future to Begin is also known as “I’ll be Happy when ….” You’ll be happy when: you lose the weight, buy a house, sell a house, get married, get divorced, find a new job, etc., etc., etc. Does this sound like you? If so, you’re waiting for the future, waiting for something to happen in order to begin being happy.
But that’s all wrong.
The future is an illusion. It’s just a concept in your head. This is what I’ve realised in the past year now. I’ve suddenly become acutely aware of what’s going on. I’ve entered the present moment more powerfully than ever before.
I don’t claim to be perfect, but I do want to share what’s happened, and how you can tap into the same peace and joy that I have.
But before we do that, let’s look at the problem.
The Problem: Future-Think
In the past, I tended to live in the future. I daydreamed of a better life, which is nothing wrong with that, except that I wanted more money, more adventure, and more time so I could be in the present moment!! When I put it like that, it almost seems crazy, doesn’t it?
But that’s how your mind works. It promises that you’ll get something that you already have. The problem is that to be at peace, you have to transcend the mind.
It’s there for the taking.
By shifting from the future to the here and now, I feel amazing. I realise that there’s nothing in the outside world that can make a big difference if I’m anchored to the present moment.
I’m currently in Dubai, and we’re heading into summer. It’s getting hotter. I used to get depressed by this, but now I feel grateful.
The Solution: Here and Now
The solution is to stay present here and now.
Notice what thoughts are popping up as you read these words. Let them be without analysing or reacting. Say yes to whatever happens in your life. I worry less about the future, because I’ve realised there’s not much I can do. The future will come in the form it comes. All I have to do is stay here and now and deal with whatever comes in the best way I can.
It’s easy to think we can control life, but we can’t. Life has a tendency to live itself, and we’re along for the ride. Here I am, came to stay for 2 years in Dubai with my son and now completing my fourteen years! So I’ve become more and more comfortable with just going with the flow, I’ve started feeling more peace and enjoying what is.
We’re all interconnected. Even scientists are realising this. This means that if you stay in the present moment, you tap into a bigger intelligence than your mind. Your mind cannot comprehend this, which is why it’s confused, scared, and worried. That’s okay, too. It wants the best for you. But real living is living from your heart. It’s living in the present moment and following your excitement.
It’s About Letting Life Live You – You can’t control life.
I used to have plans for what I wanted to do. I still have intentions for where I am going, but I’m not rigid about them. I don’t suffer if they don’t happen. I might be unhappy, but I do my best to stay here and now when they arise.
I had no idea I would be doing what I do today just a few years ago. I’m doing what I love, and I’m teaching people how to be positive and passionate about life.
It has taken me years to reach this point, so don’t criticise yourself if you’re not where you want to be. Notice that that is another thought, and notice that you are the awareness behind that thought.
This is Just the Beginning….
We’re all evolving. This is just the beginning. But each moment is a new beginning. There’s no need to live in the future, because future is merely a concept in your head. When it arrives, it will arrive as the present moment. If you’re not here and now, you’ll miss it. You’ll keep dreaming of a better future, which never really comes.
The message I want to give you is that everything is okay right now. We all have challenges in our life, but it’s okay. Say yes to life. Accept what’s here and now. Trust life, even if it doesn’t look the way you want it to. There is a reason why things happen the way they should.
The problem isn’t life, but your expectations of it.
Most people want a happy life and seek “things” and “people” to make them happy, but the problem is, happiness does not arise from things and people; it comes from inside . Everything in the outside world will sooner or later dissolve, but who you are deep down is eternal. When you can tap into who you really are, your life will change.
Are you still waiting for the Future to Begin to be happy?