Be Present in the Present!

March 28, 2011

here and now

I know this statement sounds a little redundant… But, I think it is important not to underestimate the value of being present in the present moment.

If we think about how many times our minds are caught in thoughts like: the vacation we are taking in two weeks, or the argument we had with our boss two days ago, or the worries about a possible diagnosis that we fear, etc… the list goes on and on.

In fact, our minds are often busy with memories of past events or hypothesis of future possible circumstances. The more we are focused on the past or the future, the less we are fully present in the moment, in the NOW. And the present is the only thing we really have and can be certain of, the past is nothing but a memory and the future is totally unknown but the present gives us an opportunity to shine! And by living each moment more mindfully, we can build a better future and have no regrets in our past.

Of course, to some extent we are all "present" in the now, since we all "function" in the present, however, the fact that our minds are not fully there… means we may be missing important information.

A few years ago I read a book that I absolutely loved, called Synchrodestiny by Deepak Chopra, I highly recommend it, it is a very pleasant read and very interesting. In short, he explains that nothing is a coincidence, and that things that happen in the present, can be an important sign, clue or message that we can use to build a better life, more in line with our desires and hopes, that is, as long as we are able to SEE these clues, and in order to see them, we need to be mindfully present at all times.

Although many of us may think that our days are just a repetition of the same routine: wake up, have coffee, go to work, etc… We can start seeing everyday as a brand new adventure, brand new possibilities awaiting for us, new encounters, new experiences, amazing coincidences (or signs…?), etc.

But, again, the only way to really see this is to be fully present in the moment, that is, mindfully present in the moment, it doesn't matter what the moment is, whether we are waiting on the bus stop, driving our car, entering the office, etc.

In his book Chopra talks about signs that present themselves to us in many different ways: an article in an old newspaper that was left right on the seat we take on the bus, for instance, or a friend we find on the street and gives us some information, or a book someone forgets in a park and we stumble upon… etc, there are many little things that can mean something and lead us somewhere, but most of us will miss them or worse: dismiss them, because our minds are too busy thinking of other things, unrelated to the here and now.

Living in the present does not mean you should not plan for the future or you should completely forget you had a past, but it means clearing your mind of thoughts and trying to be more mindfully present in the now, because every moment we live will mark our future and our past, so it is important to take every moment as it comes and with a wide open mind… you never know who you are going to meet today, what you are going to see or read today or what you will find that may change your life forever… think about that!

Another great book on this topic is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Have a wonderful week!

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