Being Present

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment” Buddha (enlightened person)

How much time have you spent today thinking about what could be?

How much of that future daydream was taken up by good or bad thoughts, which one predominated?

Is this what you want to experience now?

How much of your time today was spent thinking about what has been, or what could have been?

How much of that past daydream was taken up by good or bad thoughts, which one predominated?

Is this what you want to experience now?

How many of us actually have tried experiencing the moment?

How wonderful is that experience of feeling the warm sun on your back while you take a break while working outdoors, or savouring that first sip of tea or coffee, eyes closed to the world just enjoying that single moment, or snuggling down into a warm bed after a hard stressful days work?

These moments of pure freedom, pure bliss, pure at-one-ness with one’s self are what the sages of the ages have been talking about. Yes, we all need to understand our past experiences and yes, we all need to have a goal for our future, BUT all we actually have in our lives is a long string of ever expanding and interconnecting single moments in time.

The best part of understanding this concept is the realisation that only you have the power and resources to control how you feel in any given moment. You choose to feel good, bad, angry, sad, happy or what ever it is. Your emotions are a result of an experience in your past, your emotions are a hormonal response to an external trigger that has triggered that hormonal release. The hormonal trigger has already happened and now resides in your past, leaving your present open for a decision that will most likely determine how you will feel in the near future.

A simple trick is to do things in reverse!

Decide right now how you would like to feel in a few moments time, then follow a course of physical action that will bring about that feeling. In this way, by focusing on your present right now, you can make better decisions about your future. If you don’t have the power and understanding of your now moment, you will not have a starting point for your future.

Listen to the advice of the Buddha and become the sage in your own life!

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One response to “Being Present

  1. Thanks for your excellent words of wisdom! I am being bombarded with reminders about living in the present moment. Why? Because God wants me to hear it! It’s amazing how powerful living in the now really is ☺

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