In our last +1, we talked about our Past, Present and Future and briefly explored the idea that if we want to create a better future AND enjoy life RIGHT NOW, we’d be wise to bring our best to THIS MOMENT. (And the one after that and…)
Today I want to invite an obscure 20th century philosopher and spiritual teacher to the party to hear his thoughts on the subject.
Meet Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov.
Alexandra got his little book called Golden Rules for Everyday Life after one of her favorite teachers referenced him and his work.
I picked the book up to a random page one day (you should see all the books around our house—lol) and was IMMEDIATELY struck by the lucidity of his words.
I flipped to another page. Same effect.
Then I proceeded to “borrow” the book for the next 24 hours as I thoroughly enjoyed a full immersion in some potent wisdom. (With an asterisk-caveat that I ignored some of the more esoteric aspects of his teachings while soaking in the essence of his practical wisdom.)
Today we’re going to focus on his thoughts on the past, present and future.
Here’s what he has to say: “You are often anxious about the future and worry about possible accidents, illness or poverty, but why poison your life by thinking of all the bad things that might happen? We never know what the future holds, that’s true, but the best way to avoid disasters you fear is to try to live sensibly in the present. The future will be what you have made it in the present. It is today that is important. Just as the present is a consequence, a result of the past, the future will be a projection of the present. Everything hangs together; past, present and future cannot be separated. The future will be built on the foundations you lay today, and, of course, if those foundations are faulty, it is no good hoping for a very bright future. If they are solidly built, on the other hand, there will be no need to worry: with healthy roots you will get a strong trunk and healthy branches and fruit.”
He continues by saying: “The past is past but it has given birth to the present, and the present contains the roots of the future. This means that you must build your future in advance by improving the present.”
That’s Today’s +1.
One more time: “The past is past but it has given birth to the present, and the present contains the roots of the future. This means that you must build your future in advance by improving the present.”
Here’s to the Power of NOW!