The Stories That Stop Us From Being Present & Taking Action
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But you don’t need them to take action. Focus on the present, and just act. Take a “don’t know” mindset. Stay present and stay curious as you act. Stop thinking you know what it will be like ahead of time.
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Although some physicists would argue against the existence of time, we all do have a perception of time that reflects the reality of our lives on Earth.
Most of us forget more than we remember. We change memories to make sense of what has happened in our lives. When we then recall a memory, we reconstruct the events in our minds and even shape them to fit in with any new information.
Many of us think of our past as a kind of a video library where we can look at records of our lives. If memories were fixed like videotapes, you would find it difficult to imagine a new situation.
It is our past memories that help us imagine a future, and to preview future events. This skill of using the past to predict the future helps us try out different hypothetical scenarios before we commit.
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The past, and our understanding of it, is a reflection of our current state of mind.
The past, which is assumed to be static, is in fact constantly changing. Historical fac...
Our story, which we are narrating to others, is constantly changing with our new experiences and insights, as our lives go by.
These stories become our identity and certain core memories, or life events of immense sorrow or happiness, stick with us forever.
One can change the story of one’s past including what it meant. New lessons can be learned by revisiting the past in an objective manner, without guilt, remorse or any grudge.
Becoming emotionally and mentally tough makes us face our past with courage, and helps us change the meaning of our often traumatic past.
Trying to push the worries out of your head is inherently problematic because to be vigilant about not thinking about something, your brain needs to keep it in mind.
Mindfulness does the opposite by making you aware of your state of anxiousness.
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