About living in the present


I used to overthink in the past

But I thought about the past in the present
And about the future in the present
So I stopped to think about time
And I forgot about the past in the present
And about the future in the present

I will live thoughtless in the future

But I stumbled over the past in the present
And over the future in the present
So I stopped not to think about time
And I’m selecting from the past in the present
And prioritizing for the future in the present

I am mindful in the present

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About mathias sager

PSYCHOLOGIST and Independent Researcher I'm born in Zurich and grew up in Switzerland. For many years I lived in Tokyo, and also in Pune/India. I'm passionate about developing human potential, which is an overarching theme throughout all my work that is based on research and supported by intuition and art. Through teaching, counseling, and leading indivuals and teams around the world my goal is to inspire with interdisciplinary, innovative, and cross-cultural approaches to personal and professional development for individual well-being and the common good alike. Happy if you reach me on www.mathias-sager.com, connect on social media, or email directly to goodthings@mathias-sager.com. Developing human potential is my passion! - Independent Awareness Intelligence Research (mathias sager - Psychology, global) - MSc in Psychology (University of Liverpool) - Postgraduate in Conflict Management, Leadership and Crisis Communication (University of Applied Sciences Winterthur, Switzerland) - Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA, iimt Fribourg, Switzerland) - Bachelor in Education Sciences (Switzerland)
  • Loooooooooveeee! Deep! Great job! I would like to share this if it’s okay, like on my Facebook page, it it’s alright.

  • Absolutely perfect and that is the spirit to just not think of time and its meaning. Great Mathias too deep poem.

  • Patty says:

    Well written!
    Overthink, over-analyze…I like to believe this is why we often forget, we need to listen to our instinct/inner child too…

    • Hi Patty. Thank you for your nice feedback. I agree with your point. Especially by unlearning social values we can access our childhood (superior) qualities again …

      • Patty says:

        Intrigued…which social values should be unlearned in your opinion?

      • It depends on the society/culture. What I want to say is that different cultural values often are mutually exclusive, which is the reason of conflicts. For example, Christianity may be considered as the correct belief in a certain society. If the same people were born elsewhere, they could arrive at believing in a different, the locally prevalent religion. Another example: It can be difficult for people who have learned traditional family concepts to change their learned gender roles. Children on the other side don’t have fixed conceptions of how society has to work; they have to learn the specific rules first. That’s why that before they have adapted the values as being normal, they ask really good questions, open, tolerant, ingenuine. To arrive again at such seemingly naive but creative questions and ideas, the forgetting / unlearning / questioning of the values and rules we take for “normal” is very beneficial …

      • Patty says:

        It doesn’t necessarily mean the rules are wrong, however I do agree with your point about we have to still ask questions, think for ourselves and don’t ‘just follow like sheep’…
        Thanks Mathias for your time to connect with me.

      • Absolutely! Thank you!

      • Again, thank you very much for your interest, Patty. Some more specific values that should be challenged I’ve listed in the following post //mathias-sager.com/2017/01/10/vision-of-a-world-happy-colorful-growth-whcg-movement/

      • Patty says:

        My pleasure. I started to read that, but then one of my dogs started to follow a neighbor cat…will finish reading that post soon!

      • Ha ha. Sounds like fun with your pets:-)

      • Patty says:

        They help me approve weaknesses of me…being patient and keep calm…sigh. Hahaha

  • I overthink everything.

    • Often it is unnecessary. To not think at all is also a risk. So why not select certain topics or certain periods of times to start with and just let go, without worrying. Finally, we don’t have to do a lot. Think philosophically too. We only have to die. And what did your worries in the past help you? I also tend to overthink, but working on it:-) all the best

  • Meaningful and powerful words. ?

  • I love this. A struggle we all have, but an awareness that the struggle is occurring are the first critical steps to begin present in the present and letting the past be what it was, and the future be what it will be, regardless of our thinking about it. 🙂

    • Thank you. Letting go is crucial as you mention, I agree. The past and the future don’t necessarily need to be blinded out completely. What I have found is a particular mapping of what aspects of the past are important/useful and which not. The same applies to me regarding the future, in the sense of having good intentions and visualizing being a good thing, while worrying about things we can’t control is not. Thanks again for your valuable input and all the best:-)