This is a Principal I’ve only recently understood and now really appreciate the benefits of.
In nut shell, you only have this Moment. Right now.
This is not mumbo jumbo wooooooo woooooo crap before you switch off, it really does matter and can make a huge difference to your life once you get your head around it.
To be clear, I’m not talking about meditating. Whilst meditating is very much a present moment practise, it’s more of a skill and discipline to be mastered.
Whereas, Present Moment Living is more general and arguably more important. It’s about comprehending that this moment RIGHT NOW and your actions RIGHT NOW are shaping your future and you’re past.
This moment is all you have, so live it to the best of your ability. Life is now.
I appreciate life is not that simple, we have to plan for the future and we definitely should joyfully reminisce about our pasts, but it’s about moderation and trying as frequently as possible to being your attention back to the now.
If life is not good now, then as Pema Chodran says; “see this very moment as it is. A perfect teacher, acknowledge that you feel bad and relax with it.” Live with grace, dignity and gratitude knowing that life again will be good and you will look back and be proud as to how you acted.
So, how can you live in the Moment?
- Full Engagement and No Distraction. If you are with a friend, then fully engage with your friend. Give them your full attention. Really listen to what they tell you.
- Embrace the Moment. This moment now is creating your future and you’re past. It’s the most important thing you have. So whatever you are doing, even if it is something you hate, do it the best of your ability and do it with a smile. Your Past and Your Future will thank you.
If you struggle, every hour set an alarm to remind you of this principal.
Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it will be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today and I’m going to be happy in it – Groucho Marx