All too often, we are busy with doing each day instead of being. While doing a task we are more focused on the outcome that we often fail to notice the present moment. We avoid the present moment to accomplish something. If we were to practice allowing ourselves to be present, or “practicing presence” as Eckhart Tolle has coined this terminology, we would be able to let go and not be excessively concerned with the past or the future. We would have the innate ability to embrace the place where we are and allow life to happen and unfold in the here and now.
A healthy perspective is a balance between honoring your past and your future while being present. Not allowing yourself to be tied down with past regrets, sorrows, guilt and mistakes frees you up to refocus on the present. It also gives you the freedom to look ahead for what you intend to manifest in your future. You can harness this great personal power for creating a better future by being in the now. The expression that is fitting for this mode of thinking is: Sorrow looks back; Worry looks around; Faith looks up.
“You create a good future by creating a good present.” – Eckhart Tolle
How can this be accomplished? By recognizing the goodness and pleasure already inherent in the present moment, even if you are in the midst of personal challenges. What serves you best is to observe what is here today. Seize the moment and see what you may be overlooking or taking for granted. The gentle breeze, the warm sunlight, the beaming smile from a stranger, the selfless act of kindness, the delicious food you are about to eat, of your breathing (with the natural in-and-out flow), the rhythmic music playing nearby, the comfort of the soft chair you are sitting upon – all are wonderful examples to fully appreciate. Try to amplify your senses and daily awareness. Are you truly taking in the beauty of today before it disappears? The present is a gift you give to yourself.
Be in gratitude for the current moment and see if you feel more alive and centered.
As always, I invite your comments.