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If You Don't Know What Your Next Thought Is, You're Not Alone

If You Don't Know What Your Next Thought Is, You're Not Alone
From Lifehack - December 26, 2017

I find it rather easy to get lost in thought. Although I do enjoy this journey through my mind, there are times where I must pull myself out of this excursion. I am reminded of this every time my 3-year old daughter asks me, Daddy, are you here? This question hits deep.I find it rather easy to get lost in thought. Although I do enjoy this journey through my mind, there are times where I must pull myself out of this excursion. I am reminded of this every time my 3-year old daughter asks me, Daddy, are you here? This question hits deep.

I am learning the importance of being present in the moment. One book I turn to for this is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Lets take a look at what we can all learn from Tolle in his powerful book.

Life is a series of present moments

If I asked you where everything happens, what would you say? The answer should be quite simpleeverything happens in the present moment.

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have.Eckhart Tolle

Tolle teaches us that the past is nothing more than all present moments that have gone by and the future is a collection of present moments waiting to arrive.

We fill in gaps with painful thoughts

For some reason we incessantly fill our mind with painful thoughts about the past and worrisome thoughts about the future. Yet, we can only live in the present.

Think of a straight line. At one end is the past and the other the future. In the center of the line is the present moment, where you exist. Now picture gaps along the line on each side of the center. The center (the present moment) is the only spot that should contain our thoughts. However, we fill in those gaps on each side of the center with painful and worrisome thoughts that do not matter. These thoughts do not matter because we can only live in the centerthe present moment.

One question to freeze your situation

There exists one question that can freeze any system in its current state.

What will my next thought be?

By repeatedly asking yourself this question, you can actually delay the answer to the questionyour next thought. This is a powerful way to interrupt your mind and separate yourself from it.

This is an effect from physics called the quantum zeno effect. Essentially, the quantum zeno effect demonstrates we can freeze a system in its current state by endlessly observing it. The key to being in the present moment is observing the present moment.

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