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Breaking the Time Illusion: Embracing the Present Moment in a Time-Obsessed World

Updated: Apr 18

When we think about time, we often fool ourselves and take it for granted thinking it will always be there. The concept of time is a fundamental aspect of our human experience, yet it remains an abstract and elusive concept.

Time is something subjective and can vary greatly depending on our state of mind, circumstances, or our experiences. How we live in the present moment is influenced by things like constantly thinking about the future (anxiety) or dwelling on the past (depression). These two things hinder our ability to live in the moment.

the illusion of time

We often think of time as just the passing of hours, minutes, and seconds. Time is also influenced by our cognitive and emotional processes. When you are doing something fun time just flies by. You wonder where it went. On the other hand when you are bored or uncomfortable, time seems to drag on endlessly.

Living in the present moment is called mindfulness. This is something people tend to struggle with. One factor is our fast paced technology driven world we live in now. People feel distracted all the time with the endless texts and notifications on their phones. We often feel the pressure to multitask as well so your attention isn't fully given to one thing or the other.

If we learn to embrace mindfulness it has huge benefits. It allows us to savor the simple joys of life, appreciate the beauty in our surroundings, and connect more deeply with ourselves and others. By being fully present, we can engage in meaningful conversations, develop stronger relationships, and find greater fulfillment in our daily experiences.

Practicing mindfulness requires that we develop self awareness. Tune into our thoughts and emotions. There are things that can help such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and grounding. When was the last time you had your bare feet on the earth? Do this regularly!

grounding with the earth

How we perceive time greatly influences how we experience our lives. By cultivating mindfulness and consciously living in the present moment, we can enhance our ability to appreciate the beauty and richness of each passing second, leading to a more fulfilling and meaningful existence. Time is definitely something we will never get back so let's make an effort to live more mindfully and focus on the things that are most important. The other things will always be there.

At Simple Joy Box our goal is to help people reconnect with what matters most in life and to find joy in the everyday. Each month we curate an experience that helps you de-stress, slow down, and appreciate the simple things in life. Even the most ordinary moments can be transformed into something special with the right mindset and a few thoughtful touches. We make the ordinary extraordinary!


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