This moment, here and now, is all there is. The past and future are in a sense, illusions; yet we tend to spend much of our time fixated on them, obsessing over what has happend in the past or projecting what may happen in the future. But where we actually live is in our one precious NOW. Be here. Take a moment to really feel yourself PRESENT right now.
“I have realized that the past and future are real illusions,
that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.”
~ Alan Watts
What does being fully present feel like? As you sit with yourself in this moment, you may become aware of the sound of your own breathing. You may feel the sun warming your face. You may notice the wonderful scents on the breeze that you hadn't noticed before. Feel the connection you have to the Earth. Feel the air entering your lungs. Let your mind embrace the peaceful joy as your senses take it the experience of being in the now.
And time may seem to slow down... because NOW is timeless. The more present you are, the slower time may flow for you.
Losing the busy-ness of your everyday life and becoming truly present is a beautiful gift you can give to yourself. And you can be present with others. Give them the gift of your presence...hearing them, being truly present for them is the most awesome gift you can share with others. Because YOU are what they wanted when they showed up in your life. Being fully present take courage, but the more you do it, the more you realize that it's the best way to BE.
You cannot be both unhappy and fully present in the Now.
- Eckhart Tolle