Bipolar with Psychosis

A Guide for navigating mental illness

By - billV

Living in the now

Living in the now

So what does it really mean to “live in the now?” It’s a catchy slogan I’m sure you’ve heard before. Most of us repeat it jokingly to our friends or family members when we see them stressing out about something, but do you have any experience living in the now? Can you remember what it feels like when you’re here….in the now? When was the last time you weren’t hoping for something to happen? When’s the last time you weren’t hoping something didn’t happen?
We all see the wisdom of not worrying about things we cannot change, so why do we insist on worrying about things we cannot change? What is it that keeps drawing us to worry about the future? With so many possible landmines that could show up in your path, the urge to try to plan every last detail of our lives is incredibly difficult to ignore. Difficult, but not impossible. And it gets easier as you train your brain into new patterns of thought.
Training yourself to live in the now on a permanent basis is no different than learning how to type, or learning how to ride a bike. It’s a new skill that will probably not make much sense at first, but after a while you’ll see how fun it is. In fact, you’ll see how much easier it is to exist and enjoy your life once you’re able to remove the need to worry every day.
Like I pointed out before, time is a figment of our imagination. It doesn’t really exist. Everything you experience as reality is similar to your consciousness streaming through single frames of a movie. 
 
At the end of the day, that’s what it comes down to. It all boils down to the fact that you’ve lived through every other experience you’ve had in this life, so why would this experience be any different. Every time you thought you’re world was ending in the past, you got through it. All of the ending relationships, all of the lost jobs, and bad decisions. You lived through all of it.
The key to living in the now is to release control of the future, and surrender to all that is. To simply stop fighting yourself, and enjoy what’s happening right in front of you. Of course you can plan your day tomorrow, or the vacation next week. I’m not asking you to stop planning or taking positive action. What I’m saying is that you have no need to plan every detail of your lives. 
You can expect to have either a crappy experience or a good experience. You can expect to have a defined set of experiences which may or may not take place. You can expect to relax and have a good time, or you can choose to limit your potential futures by placing expectations of feeling rushed and restricted. Whatever you choose to experience is going to be your experience, so try to remember to chill out. When you’re relaxed and aligned to your own well being, everything will work out the way it’s supposed to. Everything will work out in the way which is most beneficial to you, even if you don’t understand it at the time.   

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