Living in the Moment .... Is Time a Man-Made Concept | Naava Stylebook
I had a conversation this weekend about living in the moment, and not worrying about certain things. Because not living in the moment could be like this out of focus picture above. Not the best.
We had an "Indian Summer" like weather this week in Atlanta. If you weren't careful, you could easily forget that it is technically still winter here and that last week we were in the 30s- 50s and not in the 70s like we have been lately. But, in true Atlanta weather, we will be back into the 30s and even colder this coming week, ugh!
So, when moments like this present itself - what do you do in life? Do you take the risk and adore yourself with a spring - like wardrobe and say to hell with the possible consequences. We can use this scenario for a lot of things in life. What is worth living in the moment and what's not? How do we truly decide?
This quote below is inspiring and beautiful, but how do we live this way? Or do we truly even live this way?
I dare to say - some do more than others. Taking it to the streets for a quick shoot wouldn't hurt anybody right?
“Wherever you are, commit to being there, completely. Life will take care of the rest”.
Is "TIme" a man made concept?
Time is said to be an illusion, which makes being controlled by time somewhat delusional. The past doesn’t exist and neither does the future. The only true reference point we have to this moment in time, and to this thing we label “existence”, is a feeling of presence, of being here in this body, of seeing the world through these eyes.
This is all that can exist, because this is what you feel right now. You can’t feel the past or the future, but you can feel what it feels like to touch something right now, to see something, to hear something.
This stops us from enjoying this “presence” we feel. We are duped into remaining in one of two states:
The first, one of dwelling in the past and mulling over what has happened.
The second, one of waiting and constantly anticipating what is to come, if and when.
Photography by Imajworx
For example: How do I decide, if me "living in a moment" with someone is best for me?
Reconnecting with someone I have always felt a connection too was an interesting experience for me last year. Years ago, I was left knowing that nothing could come of it because he went in a different direction than me. But to find out years later (3 +) he was, I'm guessing, still "interested" was a shock. We didn't talk or see each other in those years. Thou, we were connected through social media. He was always that person and friend that I enjoyed and liked.
I definitely wanted to be fearless and flow. However, the first time came to spend "time" with him after all these years, well, I told myself I have to wait and see where he is compared to me. However, him picking me up and being in his presence, I felt that comfort, exhilaration, spontaneity, and all those other things I would always experience with him (that ride in his truck is something I will always remember). But still, I should be wise. I am no longer in my 20's, I realize things aren't always what they seem. And I wanted to really get to know him at this stage in his life and I hoped he wanted to get to know me. I was having "what if" thoughts of the future and thoughts of the past. The very things that can take you out of the "present moment". He was more present than I was and it scared me. More so because of the space I was in at that time but he was connected with himself, how he was feeling and what he wanted.
I wanted to be right there with him but I couldn't let go. A past situation kept me from fully understanding the moment. Or being a bit of a different person ... I filter things differently now. I was hoping for more "time", so, I was a little patient about things. He was fearful of not getting more "time", so, he wanted to make the most of it as possible. I was finally in his presence and he didn't want that moment to go. I realize now, we both weren't "living in the moment" properly. We were both concerned about "TIME" and it was in a selfish way. Had we been more in the "present", I believe we would have communicate better and truly listen to each other. So, we could both experience and have what we both wanted in the present. I believe you have to be honest and vulnerable when in the "present or in the moment".
I am still navigating this "living in the moment" thing or "being present". I think for most of us, we are better at it in some areas than others. If you allow yourself to be a victim of time – a victim of the past and a slave to a future that is yet to unravel – you will carry with you a sense of unease. You will be susceptible to stress, agitation and feel generally uncomfortable in life. You could even make decisions that you would truly regret.
Tell me, I want to know. What is being present and/or living in the moment to you?!
Re-Create the Look
Below, I have put together another color combination of this look. This is something I would definitely rock for the spring time. I'm not a big fan of suede shoes but there is something about the spring that makes me want to just step outside of my norm. I purchased my lime green suede shoes in my pictures during a sale at Charlotte Russe 6 years ago. I am glad I did. The color is new for me, I only do colors like that in small ways- like accessories. This blouse has green and pink in it...perfect for spring time right? I added a handbag to complete this look.
This is a staple spring look for me, since I was about 25 years old. 10 years later, I still love it. Click on the names to purchase. Enjoy!