Our past need not dictate our present and certainly not limit our future. We can truly be free. The trick is to live life fully in the present and not allow the past to control what we do now. But how do we do that?
Alan Watts uses the example of a boat to explain the impact the past has on this moment. The wake of a ship is like the past, we remember it but over time the wake fades back into the ocean. The wake doesn’t determine where the boat will sail it simply shows where it has been.
Check out this video where Alan explains why blaming our past is an excuse to avoid really living.
Often we are addicted to distractions; our electronics, thoughts, the past, fear in the media, money, and our emotions. We chase shadows and hide truth from ourselves. We are the ones to keep ourselves stuck in life. We hold ourselves back when we become defensive, when we ignore our feelings, when we hide from the truth, and when we allow the past to control us.
The most powerful thing we can do is define our life by what we are doing right now in the present moment. What projects are you working on? What are you doing to better your life and live your dreams? What are you doing to help the world around you and leave a powerful legacy?
For those of you living your life in powerful motion, consider sharing your story with the world. Put videos on youtube or start a blog. Maybe your wake will cause powerful motion and inspiration in someone elses life!
Teach by example, show us in your everyday actions who you are and who you are becoming. Use the power of synergy and empower the people around you to live their lives in the now aswell.
Let us know in the comments what you are going to do right now to change your entire life!
With all my love,
PS. When you seek freedom, others may not know what you are doing and caution you to ‘play it safe’. Become free anyways! Check out this Patch Parable about letting go and becoming free!