I don’t have a lot of memories before I was about six years old, but one of the earliest memories I do have is my dad buying me a red leather jacket when I was three years old. I remember how excited I was and how much I loved that jacket because it was a gift from my father. I didn’t care what the brand of the jacket was or how much he had paid for it. I remember what I really cared about was the fact that my father gave it to me and that it was special.
My father was very focused on money and status, and for him, that was what the jacket represented. The jacket was an expensive jacket that he spends around 300 dollars on, and it was a way for him to show his wealth and his status. But for me, at three years old, none of that mattered. That wasn’t what was important. For me, that jacket was a gift from my father, and at that moment, I couldn’t be happier, and I felt loved.
The reason I am telling this story is that when you think back to moments like this when you were a kid, it makes you realize how much kids live in the moment. I see this with my own kids now, and if you have kids, you probably notice the same thing. Have you ever sat with your kids and asked them what they are thinking about? I know I do, and when you ask them, they never respond with things that may or may not happen. They are never really thinking about the future. Instead, they respond with what they are doing or how they are feeling right there in that moment.
As adults, there is a lot we can learn from our kids and our past selves. We can learn to live in the moment and really experience life by staying conscious.
Our life is made up of two things: consciousness and content. This is a concept created by Eckhart Tolle, and it has really stuck with me lately.
Your consciousness is you, as you are in the moment, while content can be defined as the events and experiences that make up your life.
As adults, we tend to focus too much on the content of life rather than focusing on consciousness. We allow the content of our lives to get in the way of experiencing the now, and we let it take us out of the present.
When we are taken out of the present, it causes frustration, stress, and anxiety because it causes us to live in the future.
The more we learn to live in the present, the more we can appreciate the life that we are given. Life is precious, and we should be thankful that we have been given this gift. We need to be thankful that we are here at this moment.
Leading Life Through Gratitude
One of the best ways to remain conscious and present is to learn to show gratitude in the moment. This can be difficult, especially when we are in the midst of a challenge. When your kids are frustrating you, something bad happens at work, or when you have a bill you can’t pay, it can be very difficult to find things to be grateful for. However, this is when we need to show gratitude the most.
All of these challenges that we face is all content, and we get so caught up in the content that we forget to be conscious.
If you are feeling challenged, then chances are those challenges are going to take you into the future mentally, and this is what is going to cause stress, anxiety, and frustration. If you can take that moment to be grateful, you can take yourself out of the future and out of that challenge and bring yourself back to the present. Once you bring yourself back to the present, you can begin experiencing consciousness again, and really learn to live in the moment, just like you did when you were a kid.
Sometimes, You Need to Let Go of Your Goals
I often talk about goals and how they can move our life forward and help us find purpose. Letting go of your goals is probably one of the last things you would expect me to say, but while goals are important, sometimes you need to let them go and go back to the beginning.
Before you have goals, you need to take care of your consciousness. Your goals are part of your content, and if you don’t take care of your consciousness first, your goals and your content will be messed up. Quality content comes from quality consciousness.
Your goals, success, achievements, and the material things we gather don’t mean anything if you can’t first learn consciousness and how to be present and to lead life through gratitude.
You have the choice to choose to be more present and live in the moment rather than living in your content.