N is for Now
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Now is all we ever have. There is only now, the present moment. Our ability to be in the present moment has a direct connection with happiness levels. Yet it is one of the hardest things to achieve. Most of the time we tend to be thinking ahead or looking back and even if we are doing that in a positive way by looking forward to something or remembering a happy time we are still not operating in NOW.
I caught myself doing just that yesterday morning. We were on a beautiful walk, yet my mind was full of plans (positive ones) rather than focusing on being there where we were with my family and dog.
Now is our current experience right now and allowing ourselves to experience it fully and bringing our whole selves to it is not always easy.
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” – Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart indicates that the present moment is all that we have. We are so caught up in our daily tasks to notice the fleeting moments of life. According to Tolle, there is no future or past. There is only memory or anticipation. The things that happened in the past give us an identity and the future is simply full of promise. Promise can take the form of fulfillment, salvation or deliverance. These are intangible and therefore simply illusions.
One of the most common sayings is that time is precious. Actually, it is also simply an illusion. The factor that we consider precious is not the time but the point in that time. Eckhart calls it the Now and encourages us to stop fixating on the future or the past and focus on the Now.
3 ways to be in the Now
Why does living in the moment make people happier—not just at the moment they’re tasting molten chocolate pooling on their tongue, but lastingly? Because most negative thoughts concern the past or the future.