We’re all actors. Every day we don our clothes, relevant to the stage we’re about to perform on. We paint our faces and groom our hair, we prepare ourselves for the daily pantomime of life. For many, life is a series of performances, a combination of acts in a play. From our wake up call to our morning routine. Our day attending meetings or dates, our nights playing the lover, the mother or the enthusiastic sportsperson. We move from character to character, changing our appearance, our tone and our empathy to others based on our relationship with them. We’re all actors in the world we’ve built for ourselves.
It’s no surprise then, that we move through life not living in the present, rather living with thoughts powered by our past or by our visions of the future. We ‘dress to impress’ we plan to succeed, we spend our lives trying to get the ideal body. We worry about what others think of us, worry about our jobs, our health, our relationships. If we’re not worried, we’re worried about that too. We live in a theatrical production where the storyline rarely has a happy ending.
It’s time to change your story.
We need to be able to see these thoughts and situations for what they are, accept them without judgement and be fully present in the moment you’re in rather than the actor on the stage, blinkered and focussed on the past and present. This doesn’t mean you stop thinking, but rather be aware of unpleasant or unhelpful thoughts and have the ability to manage them more effectively. Calming the mind rather than feeding it with further thoughts, ‘what ifs’ and dramatic scenarios invented by our very creative minds.
Becoming ‘present’ isn’t a simple switch in your mind that enables you to move from your character(s) to your true self, but, with some practice and helpful methods in our roadmap you will find your journey to presence enlightening and fulfilling. You’ve spent a long time as the actor in your play, it will take some time to learn a new script and what it means to really be you.