I’m sure in this day and age you’ve heard people preaching to live (and love) in the now. Present day. Yesterday’s already gone and tomorrow is too far away. Do you have any idea how much mental practice goes into living in the now? A heck of a lot. It’s worth it, I get glimpses of the reward when I do it – and it’s totally worth it.
But in a results-driven era, how does one find peace in today, when we want to progress to our better selves tomorrow? How do you find the balance between the two?
I have a fitness coach, he’s the best. He opened my eyes to a different perspective about fitness and health. He also was (and is) a key supporter in my quest to rid myself of an eating disorder (which I’m happy to report is long gone). Unlike most fitness coaches, mine is concerned about your internal health, joint health, mental health, back health and that fitness is a part of your healthy lifestyle. So much in fact, he considers how your fitness routine could impact your relationships. So many out there (who I’ve worked with anyway) care little about how healthy you are and focus only on what you look like on the outside or how much business they can drum up.
I went in for my six week assessment today where we talk about how I’m feeling, how work, life, eating, boyfriend, and workouts are going. I like these check-ins, they tell me how I’m doing (as if I’ve forgotten what happened in the last six weeks), but you know what I mean, stats, on paper, caliper pinches, the whole bit.
Right there, a perfect example of loving and living in the now while simultaneously imagining my progress check-in six weeks from now. Did you know we are not programmed to multi-task? It’s been proven, there are studies about that you can read up on. If that’s the case, then how do we live in the moment and continue to grow forward?
For me, it means appreciating the thoughts that take place from both perspectives as they arise and acknowledging if I start fantasizing forward to the point of living in wonderland instead of today.
What do you do?