Living with purpose in the present moment has immense benefits for our mental, emotional and spiritual health. One of the benefits is that time moves swiftly and we are completely focused on the task at hand.
Anyone who has been engrossed in something understands this.
It can happen while playing a musical instrument or playing a sport. We are so focused and so concentrated that time flies. This makes us feel alive!
The New Message explains that this experience is very real and significant. Knowing when we experience this is a good sign that we are living with purpose:
It is only a matter of time, and time can only seem long to those who dwell within it without purpose. But to those who dwell in time with purpose, time moves swiftly and brings about this great result. – Step 258, Steps to Knowledge
This concept of living with purpose in the present moment is not new in spiritual and religious circles.
Hinduism, Advaita Vedanta, Judaism and Buddhism have all described the state of losing one’s sense of self while engaged in a higher purpose in the present moment. The goal is to lose the personal, separate identity with others and the world.
Flow: Living with Purpose in the Present Moment
Science confirms that this experience is real and not just “spiritual”. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a psychologist who has studied the state of total focus while performing an enjoyable activity.
He termed this state “Flow.” He found that this state occurs across many disciplines and throughout all cultures. It is a distinctive human trait common to all people who are completely focused and living with purpose in the present moment.
No one likes “killing time” and being bored. Deep down, this feeling kills us slowly. Living with purpose is the path to a true life, true contribution and true happiness.