“The past is gone, the future is an illusion created by our minds. All we have is the present…”
This phrase draws me right to a scene in the movie “Limitless”, when Bradley Cooper begins feeling the effects of his first NZT pill while having an argument with his landlord’s sassy Asian wife. During these brief seconds of being in “the zone”, his mind is scanning through all the details of that current moment: HEARING her angry voice yelling at him, FEELING the spittle fly out of her mouth, SENSING the pale glow of the hallway light bulb. Then, using the most commonly overused sense, he is able to SEE a small detail in her bag, the legal textbook which turned an unpleasant verbal beating into an exciting, fiery encounter.
This spectacular scene represents a powerful moment, when everything is clear, when information is easily filtered, digested, and processed into sensible decisions and actions. Those moments experienced in real life are just as cool as how they are portrayed by a gorgeous actor in a brilliant movie.
Obviously, I’m not trying to advocate for us all to take some unknown, movie-invented drug (especially one that eventually messes up the nervous system). But the interesting thing is: that state of mindfulness and focus is something that everyone seeks. More importantly, it’s something we should all be able to achieve…with the right practice, of course.
Sometimes those moments of clarity come quite naturally: for me, that tends to happen early in the morning when I first sit down at my office desk, or sometimes when I’m leisurely gliding down the ice rink.
The real question is: how do we create the optimal conditions for those moments to arise? Mindfulness and meditation is something many doctors and martial artists talk about, and I’m sure there are many ways to improve these skills. For me, adding a little bit of “Daily Zen” into my routine is a quick and easy way to release the common stresses of everyday life, and better unlock the potential of my own mind and body.
After you master those NZT moments, time to start making yourself look more awesome like Bradley Cooper or his hot movie girlfriend.