What do you want, right now? Too often we focus on what we didn’t get in the past, what we hope to have in the future, but we don’t think enough about right this moment. By focusing on “now” we can relieve ourselves of a great deal of unnecessary stress.
One of the life-changing books I’ve read is Eckart Tolle’s The Power of Now. Tolle is a German-born Canadian who has the ability to communicate radical ideas in simple terms. However one might label his philosophy, it makes a lot of sense. Focusing in on this moment, right now, helps us to realize that we only have the present to live. The past is gone. The futue has yet to be determined. Tolle is saying nothing radically new. The Buddha and the Christ both taught similarly.
So what is it that you want in this moment? What perspective? What attitude? What feeling? Get behind the layers of self-imposed materialism and consumerism, of human hurts and hungers, to discover what is really important to you to bring you happiness, empowerment and fulfillment. Just for now.
We must seek the now for its own sake, and not just in service to the future or to redo the past, as we often spend our time and energy. Otherwise life, our life, truly passes us by. Have you tried focusing laser-like on this present moment, opening your consciousness to the sights, smells, sounds, touches, and tastes you are presently experiencing? You can quiet the riot in your head, put aside stressful worries, and let the next moment take care of itself…without fear.
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on a second read i like this post even more than when I first read it. Could be that I’m reading Pema Chodron’s “Taking the Leap”. She emphasizes the importance of NOW as the only space we actually have to work with and how projecting ourselves into the future or daydreaming into the past is an escape.
Excellent insight. She and Eckart Tolle advocate the full enjoyment of the “now” moment. We spend too much time worrying about what’s next or fretting about what already transpired. Balance is the key. Where do you spend most of you thought-time: past, present, or future?