I don’t normally blog twice in one day, but an interesting synchronicity popped up this evening and I felt the need to share it. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I am reading Choose Yourself by James Altucher (and just so you know, I’m not getting paid to endorse or advertise his book, I happened to see it advertised and liked the sound of it, I’m just a reader 🙂 ) Now the book is full of very useful advice, but the part that made me stop reading, was when he suggested that you do exactly what one of the characters in my book does. In his book, James suggest that whenever you think of the past or the future, you are in fact time travelling, and a good way to stop doing that and remain in the present, is to label your thoughts ‘past’ or ‘future’.
Now if you have read my book, a visionary fiction novel called The Elphite, you will know that this exact exercise is what Mrs M does with Ellie. Whenever Ellie references the past or the future, Mrs M labels it and cuts off the conversation. By doing this, she is teaching Ellie present moment awareness. She also teaches her how to release all fears and worries, by getting her to ask herself three questions –
Am I alive? Am I awake? Am I loved?
If the answer to those three questions is yes, then there really is nothing to worry about, because in that moment, which is the only moment that exists, all is well. Lori Lesko read The Elphite, and wrote on her blog how she had found the above exercise to be useful. I really must remind myself to try it out too!
I’m only halfway through Choose Yourself so far and I’ve already found many things that have resonated with me and have inspired me, and I look forward to reading the rest.
Thank you for reading my blog, especially if you have read it twice today! Have a wonderful evening.x
Love the sound of your character Ellie, Michelle. I have a character called Ellie too, but she is not as formidable as Ellie in the Elphite, however she does set the scene for interesting things to happen. Can’t wait for your incredible editorial skills when I finally finish reading this book 🙂 I’ll share this blog as I feel you have hit on something quite important here. Thank you for sharing this with us ❤
Thank you Liz, and thank you for sharing the post with others. It is amazing how many of us spend so much time either in the past or the future, and completely miss the beauty of the present.
I hope you are enjoying the present, especially this lovely weather! x