One moment can change everything, and we are presented with so many life-altering moments every day that we just ignore, shrug off, or simply miss because we allow ourselves to be preoccupied with minutia. We are in a constant state of flux, changing and transitioning every nanosecond in a kajillion different ways that we couldn’t even hope to comprehend.
Luckily, there is a great, easy way to take advantage of this universal truth. It’s called living in the moment!
Most of us go, “Yeah, I do that already,” and brush off the idea, but one should never shrug off an idea, especially one that presents a different worldview! No one knows what possibilities lie behind the next corner or what challenges we will face. So often we are just not in the head space to live in the moment. You really have to be able to go with the “flow.”
By “flow,” I don’t mean we’re floating down the river of life. “Flow” in this sense is actually a psychological term for full immersion into the feeling of energized hyperfocus. Flow is actually a very complex concept that can vary greatly with what your focus happens to be.
The flow happens in moments when we don’t worry about the past, which cannot be changed, or the future, which hasn’t happened yet. Nothing exists but the Now, and only the Now. We can easily miss out on this when we allow ourselves to be distracted by our thoughts, emotions, or various iDevices. You can’t multitask and live in the moment; they are polar opposites.
When I saw the sunset last night, my mind emptied of thoughts, and my senses came into a state of hyperfocus, letting me experience everything all at once. The flow had brought me to the moment of Now, which was a lot like a meditative state.
Looking back on it now, it felt like I’d lived my entire life up to that point in Plato’s allegorical Cave. Once I opened my eyes to our sun’s nightly retreat, it was like I’d never seen it before. For one brief moment, looking up past the cityscape at the sky, the world shifted for the better.