Have you considered the real meaning and value of the expression “stop and smell the roses?”
The sweet aroma of life can transform your thinking when you afford yourself a precious moment to breathe it in. By transforming your thinking, I mean bringing your awareness into the present moment. In other words, take a break from your busy mind and tune into your senses; seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling what’s occurring now.
Only while being present can you become mindful of your thought stream and choose not to entertain issues of the past and worries about the future. In so doing you become aware of a seemingly infinite amount of possibilities and creativity that’s not available to narrowly fixated thoughts. While being present you have the freedom to choose new perspectives and to become more of who you are. Jim Rohn says: “When we start becoming more ourselves – the difference is everything else will begin to change around us”.
Being present emanates a more powerful vibration to which appropriate people and situations are attracted than exerting thoughts and activity in order to achieve a goal. The reason we put a lot of emphasis on action is because we do not understand the power of thought, especially thought that arises from present moment awareness.
I read once that 90% of most people’s actions are spent trying to compensate for inappropriate thought. Action might be constructive, but what if after a long climb you discover that your ladder is leaning against the wrong wall?
Action ought to be the last part of the manifestation process. First become present, then focus your thoughts on what you want to achieve, and then take the most logical step in that direction.
When you feel pain, struggle, or negative emotions and you’re harboring thoughts about this, that’s what you’re attracting more of. When you’re focused on what you want and you feel good, you’re creating more of that. When you’re taking time to become present, you’re accessing your creative potential and allowing the universe to enlighten your mind with innovative ideas.
Being in the now affords you the freedom and flexibility to make necessary changes. Changing your circumstances begins by changing yourself. Since change is the only constant in life, you may as well learn to become comfortable with it. One of the key ways to achieve this is shared in the Change Matters recording – how to be present and in that state manage your life through change.
I used to think that stopping to smell the roses was just a pretty idea, now I know that in this day and age I can’t afford not to do so.
Written by Jevon Dangeli – NLP/Hypnotherapy Trainer & Coach