The concept of linear times leads to most of the stress in life. Living in the now eliminates what drives us to fear and worry .
Stress happens when you misuse your imagination. When you take a memory out of your past and project it into your future as a possible event you feel stress. You worry about something happening.
In fact, you experience the awful scenario in your imagination. Only your imagination has not way to tell what you are making up and what you actually experience in the moment. So for you, that imagined event is really happening.
You cause your stress by failing to live in the present moment. All life happens ONLY in the present moment. When you remember to live in the now you eliminate your main source of stress.
What if you knew that all time is simultaneous and everything happens no? What if you had no vocabulary to expresses either a past or a future? What if you only had a present tense language? Could you function in such a state?
If you had no way to refer to what already happened – all the misery and hurt, all the pain of your past that burdens you today, zapping your energy before you even get out of bed each morning – all of it would cease to exist.
Similarly fear would fail to materialize. Fear is anticipation of pain. If there is no future in your paradigm then you cannot anticipate any pain.
Do you know there are cultures and some religious sects that do not have any tense except the present? The Native Navaho and Native Hopi Languages only use a present tense. Some Buddhists Monks too live in that belief system.
For them trying to comprehend how you and I think makes no sense. Thinking about your past, dredging it up to re-experience it now or worrying about a future that likely will never come to pass all seem incomprehensible.
Just as you see their world as an impossibility.
Last night I was listening to Dr. David Anderson speak about Time Travel. Yes, that reality exists and he is an expert in the field. He said he often asks people to carry on a conversation without using any past or future tense words.
Dr. Anderson remarked that people cannot make it past 20-30 seconds without going either into the past or into the future when they talk. What a powerful commentary on how unfamiliar living in the present moment and only in this present moment is for people in Western society.
No wonder you endure so much stress! Dragging around all that luggage and dreading the future – it zaps your energy. You have nothing left for the present moment.
How would your life be different if you live in the now to the exclusion of past and future? How would living only in the now impact your level of stress?