What if the way we think about time dramatically changes our future?

This article published on New Years Day not long ago and the insights in today’s video-share left us a little transformed. How do you think about the passage of time? A lot of us take the New Year to contemplate how the last year went, some plan the year ahead, and some might already be breaking New Year’s resolutions.

New Year resolution of mindfulness

Source: Idea Pod

It turns out, how we think about time, how much we focus on the past versus the present, versus the future, may have a big impact on the way we perceive and move through the world.

As we enter the New Year, time suddenly becomes a major part of our thinking. Today, we bring you a fascinating talk by renowned psychologist Professor Philip Zimbardo to explain “The Secret Powers of Time.” Take a look…

Via: The RSA 1

So, are you more past, present, or future oriented?

I am always fascinated by how culture so deeply influences our perception of time, but I never thought of how our environment or climate could have an impact on the culture. While I’m sure none of us fit nicely into one particular box when it comes to how we perceive time, or how those perceptions manifest themselves in our life choices, there is something to be said about becoming more self-aware of our own tendencies and habits.

Though the New Year is frequently the catalyst for a great number for resolutions, perhaps we should add just one more, or even better, focus on just one: What if we became more aware of the voices within our own brain? What if we made a resolution of mindfulness?

Why a resolution of mindfulness?

What would it look like if we were aware of when our mind wandered off into the past instead of focusing on the moment at hand?

How would we conduct ourselves if we recognized that the momentary pleasures of watching one more episode on Netflix, or getting to the next level on our game were not nearly as important as the people around us? Where would we find ourselves if we looked toward the future with goals and aspirations, but kept ourselves rooted and mindful of the moment, and how it fits into the greater span of our lifetime?

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By becoming introspective and listening to our own thoughts, we allow ourselves space to set aside the most meaningful thoughts and give them the time they deserve.

So, even though my brain is trying to move me on to the next thing (there are a lot of cookies to eat here), let us all take a collective deep breath and move into this New Year in a more mindful way.

-Liesl
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge

Liesl can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV

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Notes:

  1. Zimbardo, Philip. “The Secret Powers of Time.” YouTube. The RSA, 24 May 2010. Web. 09 Dec. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3oIiH7BLmg>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV