Alternative MethodsConventional Methods


March 29

Top 3 Reasons Why You Must Live in the Present

Glenda Jacobs
Core Spirit member since Dec 24, 2020
Reading time 4 min.

It’s probably one of the hardest things to master for a human being, but, paradoxically, it can be explained in very few words.

Being present is to realize that your mind has nothing to do with your true self. Your inner self is something more profound, something that cannot be properly articulated.

When you stop identifying yourself with your mind, your past and your future, when you simply feel your inner self, that is when you become present and complete.

Hilariously enough, it is overly hard to stop doing these things and be completely present in the moment. It takes time and willingness to truly master this trait and be able to live in the present 90% of the time. Human beings generally live in the present only 10% of their life.

Realizing that right now is the only thing you have and the fact that your true self is chiefly complete right now represents the core things that bring us happiness.

That’s why some people like extreme sports, because these kind of sports make them seize the moment fully and put a halt to their wandering mind and thoughts, just focusing on the moment right there.

In order to start learning specifically how to live in the present, I recommend you the tremendous book “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. Also, check his stuff on Instagram and YouTube.

Why should you indeed start focusing on living in the present?

1. You’ll find your true self

You will slowly but surely start not to identify yourself with your thoughts any longer and fully realize that your mind creates the majority of problems, not you. It is like a disease. It’s not you, per se, it’s your mind. Something different,but, paradoxically, a paramount part of you.

You’ll accept yourself as you are. You’ll realize that your mind wants increasingly more things that actually never brings you happiness. It wants more than this, more than that, better than this one, so on , so forth. Having said that, less stress in your life will make you happier and cheerfulness-filled because you know that the most important moment is now, not the future, not the past. Only right now.

“There are only two days in a year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow.”

—Dalai Lama

2. You’ll achieve your goals more often

Indeed. Put it into perspective. Of course you have to let your mind wander from time to time, but it should not be the majority of time. Connecting yourself with something deeper than your sheer thoughts is the fulcrum that renders creativity and productivity possible.

Think what you have to achieve and get practical. Stop wandering and pondering afterwards. Within life, it’s not that you don’t know how to do some things, is that you don’t want to take action. We are usually so absorbed in our own thoughts as we either get overwhelmed by them or we grasp them as the actual reality.

Not to mention, whether one is too much in the mind rather than in the moment, there are baleful effects even when the thoughts are positive, not incumbently negative.

“Research mainly shows that while goal vizualization is important, after a certain point our mind begins to confuse it with actual progress.”

– “Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday

Everybody knows what it takes to be successful, but very few become so. Why? They never live in the present ,but actually with the illusion that in the future they will become this and that. They identify themselves with their seemingly success-filled future and already regard themselves as billionaires, NBA basketball players, lawyers, so on, so foth.

Living in the present allows you to fully focus on what you have to do right now and get the process of getting successful going. Otherwhise, there are only dreams, dreams that the mind thinks are actually real. Your mind is not yourself, is only your mind. Use it, indeed a very useful tool, but realize fully that the most important moment is this one right here, as without knowing how to value it, your mind will become your enemy.

3. You’ll never feel overwhelmed

Did you have days when you are not productive whatsoever and then days when you do just a lot of things and feel truly overwhelmed? Myriads of people too, but don’t worry.

It’s only because of the mind, because of the fact that you’re not living in the very present. Realize that your mind wants more, more and more. It’s not your true self ! When you do nothing whatsoever and you’re not productive at all, it’s because you’re constantly feeling guilty in respect of that.

The first step is, according to Eckart Tolle, acceptance. Accept the fact that you’re procrastinating right now. Funny enough, try to enjoy it! Come to the grips with the fact that you should endeavor to feel that moment in order to become aware of it. Acceptance, awareness, then you will be able to change and take action!

When you find yourself procrastinating, just enjoy it. Be lazy and fully enjoy it. Seize the moment fully and this will allow you to finally get practical and get productive. You want to continuously procrastinate because you are not living in that moment !

The single most effective way to achieve your goals and keep the momentum is to, I know I already said this myriads of times, live in the present moment. Focus on this moment and make the best out of it. It does not matter what the outcome will be, you can’t control it, but you can control your effort from the moment right here. Don’t think that much or don’t think at all what might happen , what you have to do, what problems you might deal with, what bad experiences you had.

One has to think, ponder and analyze, but whether it takes more than 10% of his time, problems might arise.

The present moment is, you’re not going to believe me,happening right here and right now. Do your best!

By the way, my pictures actually had a purpose. Surprisingly, I posted them because, I figured out that focusing too much on becoming more present, reading a lot about this art, listening to Echkart Tolle’s podscasts, does not make me become more present whatsoever. I listen to them at exactly the wrong time. When? When I go for a brisk walk in the park or somewhere surrounded by nature.

Instead of being in the here and now, bombarded by the positive energy of nature, I am in the mind listening to Eckhart Tolle, bombarded by his truly impressive,profound knowledge.

It’s not that I don’t love what Eckart Tolle is preaching. The fact is that,I , metaphorically, missed the forest for the trees.

Whilst nature encloses me, it’s the perfect time to master the art of presence. I must be in the here and now, not in the mind.

Feeling the nature,rather than filling my head with knowledge, at that specific perfect time.

via ODD SCHOOL

Comments

Leave your questions here

To write a comment you must
or
Services
Category filter
Concern filter
Type filter
Sort
 
All categories
Oracle Cards Reading
$22 USD
Clarity Session

Hello from Eclectic Healing & Wellness. Thank you for this oppitunity to connect with you. This private clarity sessoon we will take a deep dive to discov…

Tyisha Morris
United States of America flag icon
Spiritual Healing
$270 USD
One-On-One Healing Session

I connect with your higher self/soul to channel the messages, blockages, guidance you need to hear for all life issues. From chronic pain, anxiety, depression,…

Dawn Cady
Australia flag icon
Wellness Coaching
$10 USD
Your Missing Manual for Health & Life!

Are you constantly reading books, blogs and listening to podcasts trying to figure out what to do to be healthy?

With so much conflicting information out ther…

Pamela Malo
United States of America flag icon
Positive Psychology
$10 USD
Initial Video Consult

Explore the fit and hear how I would address your therapeutic goal

Alex Guthrie, LMFT
United States of America flag icon
Spiritual Healing
$10 USD
HEALING / Life- Coaching Session

When you aren’t sure which way to turn or who to turn to for help in making decisions, I will help you come home to yourself and forge a plan to manifest your …

Dr. Michele S. Zirkle
United States of America flag icon
Life Coaching
$50 USD
Transformative Coaching Session

You will receive a private 1:1 transformative coaching session, focused on the area(s) in your life which you are most looking to improve, expand, and/or trans…

Tyisha Morris
United States of America flag icon
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
Tarot Reading - Checking in with the universe

“What does the universe want me to know?” is a common question. During uncertain times, it may be difficult to identify a single topic to focus upon. During th…

Jessica Karels
United States of America flag icon
Personal Development Coaching
$120 USD
Spiritual Life Coach Session-Personalized Session

Personalized Sessions

Because Everyone Is Unique

Sessions are based on the area of focus requested by the client.

Each session is a LIVE Session Goals will…

Deborah Lucero
United States of America flag icon
Chakra Balancing
$60 USD
Soul To Soul Reading Session

Energetic Reading

Complete Chakra System Reading to identify energy blocks. Techniques are provided to restore balance.

What Is An Energetic Reading?

Debo…

Deborah Lucero
United States of America flag icon
Channeling
$50 USD
Healing guidance session

You prepare your questions and I channel the root cause of the issue, as easy as that!

Every session looks different. We dive deep into the root and heal it f…

Nanna
5
Sweden flag icon
Spiritual Healing
$20 USD
Compassionate energy healing

For those times when we feel we need the energetic space to let our whole being restore itself. The healing is meant to give you a sense of safety and feel lik…

Nanna
Sweden flag icon
Distance Healing
$10 USD
Reiki and Energy Healing (Distant)

Reiki and energy healing is done by distance while a client is resting and the practitioner sends healing energy to the client. Clients have found that the en…

Beverly Lynn
Canada flag icon
Spiritual Healing
$80 USD
Soul Healing and Spiritual Advice

If you need a change in your life, if you are stuck and really want to move forward, if you see unwanted repeated patterns of life events or people’s behaviour…

Yavenirie - Spiritual Witchery Practice and…
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland flag icon
Spiritual Healing
$10 USD
Initial consultation for Spiritual Advice or Soul Healing Journey

You can book an initial spiritual consultation with me to touch base on your struggles and ways we can work together. The session will be online for around 15 …

Yavenirie - Spiritual Witchery Practice and…
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland flag icon
Shamanic Healing
$10 USD
Light the Path to Your Desired Life

If you want find what is that in life that makes you happy and fulfilled you need to heal all levels of your existence- Body, Mind, and Spirit. We are all ener…

Change Naturopathy
New Zealand flag icon
Emotional Freedom Technique
$10 USD
The Power Of Emotional Healing - EFT Program

“The Power of Emotional Healing” is energy psychology education in the Emotional Freedom Technique with the perfect balance of information, instructions, video…

Dawn Cady
Australia flag icon
Art Therapy
$50 USD
Artist Teacher Workshop Or Tutoring

“Life Force” guiding our history, our body and spirits. Self portrait art, life drawing from the live model, gesture, and plein air painting. And extended cont…

Bryan Prillwitz
United States of America flag icon
Tarot Reading
$100 USD
Timeline Reading

EGYPTIAN TAROT READINGS using unique methods developed by Nelise Carbonare, a Brazilian healer with more than 40 years of experience in tarot consultations, as…

Nelise Carbonare
United States of America flag icon
Tarot Reading
$120 USD
THE SYNERGY OF THE PYRAMID

THE SYNERGY OF THE PYRAMID focuses on a specific relationship: One side for the consultant and one for their partner. (the partner does not need to be present …

Nelise Carbonare
United States of America flag icon
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
Pick one card

Many questions can be answer with just one Arcane.

Do you want to try?

Nelise Carbonare
United States of America flag icon
Personal Development Coaching
$50 USD
Spiritual Coaching - Removing Energy Blocks - Expansion

> “Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside awakens.” Jung

Spiritual coaching is about moving you into a profound state of empowerment and involution m…

Kimla Rose (Kim Desrosiers)
United States of America flag icon
Life Coaching
$10 USD
Life Purpose and Soul Wisdom

What is your deeper truth, your deeper knowing, your MOJO, your deepest desires, those feelings that you can’t explain but that are so pure and so clear…or may…

Anna Beale
United States of America flag icon
Nutritional Therapy
$150 USD
Nutritional Therapy Consultation

Hi my name is Aria and I am the founder of Heal with Nutrition. I am a registered Nutritional Therapist and a Naturopath who has a passion on Nutrition and Hea…

Aria Alexandrou
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland flag icon
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
THOTH AND HERMETIC DECKS READING

With a deep knowledge of hermeticism and being introduced to the kabbalah tradition of the emanation process from the tree of life, I provide a deep insight co…

James Marchiori
Ireland flag icon

Related Articles