Ghost of the Present

Arguably the ghost of the present tense is the best ghost to take the lead in life. But have you ever considered, yes it is a good idea but how can I learn from the past and what will happen in the future?

Dealing with the ghost of the PRESENT

If you have ever observed children at play, you will have noticed that regardless of what they are playing, they possess an ability we as adults are desperately lacking. We used to possess this ability in great abundance but as we grew up we got lost in the adult world of responsibility.

So what is it that children possess that we lack? It’s quite simple really and that is the ability to engage wholeheartedly in the current moment of their life. They use their wonderful imagination to become involved selflessly in their moment of play. Children become so engrossed with what they are doing that they don’t even notice anything else around them and as a result they actually enjoy themselves!

By contrast, as adults we get easily distracted. The interesting thing is that it is not so much external diversions which serve to distract you but more the internal diversions. Your fearful thoughts and emotions seem to hijack what could otherwise be enjoyable moments.

Think back to when it was the last time that you enjoyed and were fully absorbed in the current situation and forgot everything around you. Generally we are either hung up about our past baggage or worried about the future which has not even taken shape as yet!

The negatives of staying too focused on the current situation

However, concentrating too hard on the current situation can have its drawbacks too. Suppose you experiencing an exceptionally horrible moment like pain for instance. Rather than concentrate on this pain, it is much better to allow your mind to drift away until the moment is over.

Having said this, most of life’s moments are not fully appreciated simply because at the time your mind is focused or(lack of focus) on something else. Perhaps there is a niggling issue which needs to be resolved but you haven’t got round to it. Perhaps you are thinking about something from the past

There are many techniques which can be employed to concentrate on the here and now. This where your belief and spirituality can help. Prayer and meditation certainly help to stay focused. Ultimately it is your desire to remain focused which has a great impact on the control you have over your present ghost.

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