While exercising this morning I contemplated what direction I would take with the blog stream on Positive Psychology that I’m currently writing. I considered writing about mindfulness.
And then it hit me!!
I was being anything other than mindful about my exercise in that moment. My body was going through the moves on autopilot while my mind wandered and got creative. I often have moments of creativity while doing other things such as showering, playing with the dogs, gardening and so forth. How about you?
There is value in this kind of mind drifting and yet mindfulness also has value. As I reflected on this I realised where I would go for my next blog: the past, the present and the future!
Most people know the story of Scrooge and how he was shown the impact of his past and his present and what the future would hold as a result. On the strength of this he changed his whole life script overnight. What a clever metaphor.
What if there was a way we could do a similar thing to transform our own lives. How useful would that be for you?
In Positive Psychology the emphasis on “positive” sometimes means that people assume we never look at any other perspective however that is not the case.
Over the next couple of weeks I will write about each of these temporal aspects of our lives in turn from the traps we sometimes get stuck in through to strategies that will allow us to maximise our happiness and creativity whatever temporal focus we use.
In short there is value in looking back at our history, value in experiencing life in the now and value in looking to the future. There are however positive ways of doing this and less than positive ways. Together we can explore how to think healthfully whether in the past, present or the future.
Over the next week or so notice where you spend your time, perhaps you already intuitively know. Do you spend time chewing over the past, experiencing now or looking to the future? And whatever your preference, how is that working for you?
Let me know how you get on.