Emotions are a strange thing. We try to influence them yet we can’t actually seem to control them. They possess so much power over our lives, impacting everything we do- but should we be ruled so strongly by something we can’t fully control?
I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to take up yoga and I’m proud to say that I have been participating in a 30 Day Challenge. I haven’t mastered any poses, if I’m completely honest with you I haven’t even figured out how to cross my legs properly #TallPeopleProblems, but I have certainly learnt how to relax. The thing I enjoy the most about yoga is simply being in the moment. There is a lot of emphasis on controlling your breathing, taking in your surroundings, visualising where you want to be and ‘transferring energy there’- as an engineering student, you can probably imagine how ridiculous this sounded to me, I can’t physically transfer energy from my upper body stretches into a well-paying graduate job or 1st class degree. However, what I can do, is calm my thoughts, control my breaths and focus my mind on something that is important to me, having a fresh and positive perspective on life and ‘transferring’ this positive state of mind onto my goals for the future.
I’m not suggesting that everyone needs to take up yoga, but what I am trying to get across is that when you don’t let your emotions get in the way, but concentrate hard on the beautiful things in life at that very moment, everything else you visualise for yourself in the future will appear just as beautiful.
This is my interpretation of living in the moment: taking note of the good things of today, to help you make better things tomorrow.
I think the second half of this statement is most important. I’ve come across many individuals who believe that living in the moment is the same as living for today, to me this isn’t the case: living for today would suggest that we have no intentions or hope for a future, where as living for the moment means soaking up wisdom now for the future.
Your positive outlook on life shouldn’t be impacted by your current emotional status. Don’t allow yourself to fall into the trap of thinking that you’re a failure and that the world is going to come crashing down on you because one thing didn’t work out today, and especially not because of something that happened yesterday. Remember that you have every right to be a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time- just keep your eyes fixed on the masterpiece.
We might not be able to control our emotions, but we can certainly control how they affect us, so I challenge you to find something, maybe a hobby or even a book that gives you the opportunity to appreciate the moment and all that it has to offer, rather than being consumed by negativity and doubts.