What is Living In The Moment became a very popular question due to the boom for mindfulness and the book The Power Of Now written by Eckhart Tolle.
Both of these terms – mindfulness and The Power Of Now – in their essence mean the same and they can change your life forever.
What is Living In The Moment
Being present in the moment means to awaken from your ego, to become an observer of your own thinking mind and to enjoy simply being present in the moment and feeling the pleasant bliss and inner peace that goes with the state of the deep presence.
It may sound as a something weird for you if you hear this for the first time. You may think that being present is something boring or unnecessary when you have so many things to think about now and so many problems to solve… And now guess – who is telling you this?
It is your inner dialogue that goes on and on and never ends. What does it tell you know?
Did you already notice that sometimes this voice in your head is telling you things that you don’t want or you don’t identify with, but still – it is talking and you don’t know how to stop it.
Sometimes when you don’t want to think about something, your mind is making you think about it even more. It just does not shut up at all.
Let me ask you a question now.
If you are already aware that the voice is talking then who is the one that is aware?
What is the awareness behind your thinking mind?
If you are listening to yourself then who is the one listening?
This is the moment of awakening.
To be present and really living in the moment you will need a few more steps but this is the first and a very important one. You are waking up. You can see that you are not your mind. So far you were identifying with your mind probably throughout your whole life. But the truth is that you are not your mind. There is more. There is a vast space beyond the mind that you are now aware of. You are not your ego, you are something far greater than that.
The Life Beyond
Now your life can basically start from new. You will see many things from a greater perspective. You will see the bigger picture.
You will possibly need to read more articles, read some book on the topic or watch a couple of videos to understand better what have really happened to you. But it did happen and you already know that.
The best book that I have encountered so far, and it is possibly the ‘bible’ of this topic is The Power Of Now written by Eckhart Tolle. You can read my The Power Of Now book summary to have an idea what the book is about.
I strongly encourage you to read the book.
You can find a free pdf here. You can also find this book in online stores or in most of the bookstores. It is a No.1 New York Times Bestseller and was translated in more than 30 languages. If you haven’t heard about it yet, then the time is NOW for you to read it.
Living In The Moment
When you will experience awakening and you will understand what have happened to you then you will basically receive a new life.
You will not only feel free from your mind boundaries, you will also feel an inner peace and freedom from your mind.
You will see that every moment can bring you a simple joy of being.
You will understand that the clock time is an illusion. In essence time does not exist. It is only a human concept that makes our daily lives more simple.
You will understand that the present moment is all that you have. Every moment will be an enjoyable experience.
You will start to see that the journey is the destination.
The mental suffering that you have felt before won’t be even a bad memory – you will no longer let your mind to take you for too long journeys into the past or the future, you will know that it is a false reality.
The moment will overtake you. You will see that everything around you suddenly will become more alive. The colors will become brighter and you will be more willing to sit in silence and observe nature around you than to do any other activities that just keep your mind busy.
How To Live In The Moment
All the above sound great doesn’t it?
There is one problem though. How to get to that state.
When you will awaken it is just the first step. You will possibly feel the glimpses of the real presence.
You will feel that bliss for a brief moments. You will be able to observe your own mind for a moment. You will see that it is not you. You will see that you are the awareness behind your mind.
The problem that you may encounter is to stay present for a longer while and to not let your thinking mind take you away.
You have to practice.
You have to practice to live in the moment and to stay present. It is not so easy and won’t come to you just by itself as your mind is a very noisy machine.
It produces a constant noise. It hardly ever stops. To get away from a stream of thoughts you have to practice being present. Otherwise your mind will take you away and you will lose the connection with the present moment.
How To Be Present
The books about mindfulness and awakening don’t always give you the precise tools or guide on how to actually be present.
Usually you have to go through the books and find a solution for yourself on how to do that.
Knowing that, we have put together a guide on how to be present in the moment. There’s another article on this website – Practicing The Power Of The Now where you can read about this in more details.
Below is a short guide on entering the sate of presence – accessing the NOW.
You should find a portal within yourself that will allow you to easily be present. This might be:
- Feel your hands
- Feel your whole body
- Focus on your breath
- Accept the present moment fully as it is
- Look for silence around you, silence among the sounds
- Wait for your next thought to appear – observe your mind
Regardless of the gateway to the presence that you will choose (I encourage you to try them all for some time and then decide which one works best for you) the goal is one – to make your mind stop for a moment and let yourself be in the present moment.
We have created the video below to explain the gateways in a simple way and make it easy for you to share with your friends what does it mean to live in the moment.
You can find on this website two tools that may help you be in the present moment, both of them are based on a daily practice. Don’t worry – this might be the most pleasant practice you have ever done.
First one is a card game – it is a paid product, you can find it here: Mindfulness Game.
Second one is a completely FREE online game that we have created for the people who already know what mindfulness and The Power Of Now is but they struggle to stay present.
It is a great tool for an everyday practice – THE OBSERVER.
Good luck and stay present 🙂