With all the many distractions in our lives, it is extremely difficult to stay focused on what we are doing. This not only depletes our energy, but it keeps us from performing at our best. It is extremely important for us to learn how to be in the present moment.
We live so fully in the past and the future, that the present is merely a long forgotten memory. We have brief glimpses of our childhood when we lived entirely in the now, but as we grow up, we gradually lose this natural attribute.
It’s Now or Never
Has there been any other time than now? Every moment, even the past and future, is simply the now. When we stop, and slow ourselves down for just a “moment”:, we can become present, and then realize that all our power exists right this moment.
This is both good and bad news. When we truly realize that our reservoir of power is now, then we know we have no more excuses, which is not so good for our ego. But when we operate from the present moment, we make conscious choices which empower our lives.
Since there is no other time than now, it really is now or never.
So How Can We Do It?
By observing our thoughts and emotions we force ourselves into the present. There is a part of us which is beyond what we think and feel. This part always resides in the present, and does not get caught up in our fleeting thoughts and emotions. This is the smarter part of ourselves.
Presence and observation go hand in hand. When we are present, we do not resist what is going on right now, thus we are able to deal effectively with what is in front of ourselves to accomplish.
When we learn to stay more and more in the now, instead of rehearsing the same thoughts and feelings each day, we not only are more effective in our daily life, but we experience a sense of fulfillment and happiness, which is not tied to any outside factors such as money and fame.
Just by asking ourselves “Am I present?” on a consistent basis, this wakes us from our unconsciousness, and brings us right into Now.
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” — John Lennon —
Reaping The Benefits
Once we learn how to be in the present moment, a whole new world opens unto us. We are once again Free. All the baggage from the past and the imagined future simply drops away.
We are no longer the out of control being, who has to have it all now, but never realizing that there is nowhere to go, and nothing to get. As John Candy said to the athlete in the movie Cool Runnings, “A gold medal is a wonderful thing, but if you’re not enough without one, you’ll never be enough with one.”
When living predominantly in the now, we see even the most commonplace things differently. As a result of this, the things which we look at have miraculously changed.
At this point, we can truly appreciate accomplishing our dreams and goals, because we will actually be there in the Present Moment to do so.
Enjoy the moment,