Living in the Present

The great thing to learn about life is‚ first‚ not to do what you don’t want to do‚ and‚ second‚ to do what you do want to do. – Margaret Anderson

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. – William James

Two days ago I talked about Living in the Past and few ways to start breaking out of those thought patterns. Living in the present holds the keys to changing your current state and your future. Most of us don’t think about it that way. But, right now is your opportunity to make a shift, change a thought or be just slightly happier. Right now is really the only moment you can control with certainty. The past can’t be changed. The future is still a blank slate waiting for you to make changes now.

Focusing on what is going around you or in front if you is necessary to effectively live in the present. It takes practice since most of us are daydreaming, thinking about what we are going to say next, remembering the past, pondering the future and etc. instead of focusing on what is going on right now. That means really listening to the person talking to you. It means observing all the details surrounding you at any given moment. It means meditating to slow the mind down. It means examining our thoughts, fears and emotions as they come up instead of suppressing or repressing them.

If you are interested in delving deeper into these concepts, I recommend two books. The first is Ask and It is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks. The second is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Both are best sellers and will really help you make some positive changes and learn to live your live more in the present. See the links to the right for more information about these books.

Have a great day!

Michael