For many of us, the present moment zooms on by as we anticipate our happiness with the arrival of exciting future plans, or we excuse our lack of happiness with past time resentments. We can easily intellectualize that the present moment is precious, but being in it on a consistent basis is a little tricker.
The cosmic joke is that focusing to the future and reflecting into the past, hijacks us from the moment and the present moment is the ONLY place where inspiration and fulfillment exist; it’s the fertile ground where creativity flourishes and gratitude abounds! Whether you are a billionaire on 5th Avenue or a bag boy at the grocery store, living in the present moment is what makes a life worth living.
In his legendary book, THE POWER OF NOW, Eckart Tolle explains, “All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry- all forms of fear-are caused by too much FUTURE, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much PAST and not enough presence.”
The true magic of life lies in the present moment!
One of the key ways to recognize resistance to the present moment is if you find yourself complaining verbally or in thought about: your life situation, what other people do or say, your surroundings, even the weather. If you complain, you are in non-acceptable of what “is”. What “is” exists for an important reason, and negating it carries a negative and dense victim vibration which serves as a magnent to draw more negativity your way. Eeeek!
If the now is entirely intolerable, Eckhart’s advice is to: remove yourself from the situation if you can, accept the situation or take action and speak out. Speaking out is a positive a directive of change which attaches an empowering vibration to you.
1. Forgive past hurts – forgiveness isn’t for the other person, it’s for you. For + giving to you so you can let go and move on!
2. Pull your shoulders back and breathe deeply, visualizing bright colors running through your body starting with your feet and going slowly all the way up to your head, sitting upright or while practicing yoga. Breathing will help you return to your body from your future projections.
3. Be in gratitude for the least littlest thing. From the shining sun to the pouring rain, to the sweet honey in your tea. Gratitude is acceptance and celebration of the present moment.
4. Spend time with an animal. Animals only know the present moment and so will you when you give full attention to your pet.
5. Engage in a creative passion as true beginner with no thought about who will ever read it, see it, hear it, watch it.
I’ve found that it is that all that I’m unconsciousness to that reeks havoc on my life, so the more I can be in the present, the more attune I am to my behavior, my moods, thoughts, emotions, and fears. This simple act of acceptance has transformed my life into an easier, breezier, happier, more creative and abundant existence I really didn’t know was possible!
What do you find helps you return to present time focus?