The sun is up for another day. As the alarm clock sounds, and our eyes open upon awakening, the thoughts start racing. Here they come.
Our restful state instantly shifts to one in which we are reaching for something. “What do I have to do today, and how am I going to get it all done?” This question is the root from which worries and anxieties will often rise. These worries go on to cloud our perception of the experiences we have all throughout the day, and as a result, stress builds. As we continue to worry about what is next, we experience this stress as feelings of resistance. Lucky for us, there is a way out, and we are already there. Here in this article, we dive into the idea of Presence or Being Present. The title of the article itself is the exact message that this idea gives us. Be Here, Now, In This Moment.
BE HERE NOW because Now is all there is. BE IN THIS MOMENT because This Moment is all we will ever have. Let’s look at it this way; everything we have ever experienced in our past, good or bad, happened when it was “this moment” or “the present.” All of the events we can remember from our past were experienced as Now. Our PRESENCE in This Moment is what allows us to remember our past experiences. There is a reason we so clearly remember events from our past. Certain experiences lead to highly emotional states. This occurs both consciously and unconsciously. Whether it is pain from getting a tooth pulled, sadness from the loss of a loved one, or joy from falling in Love, these emotions were so strong that we were pulled so deeply into the moment during the experience. As a result, we can always look back and remember those events in our past. But, it all stems from our Presence in the Moment during those times. It all happened as “Now.”
This idea of Now and the importance of Presence in the Now can also be realized by imagining the future. Many courageous people in this world have prestigious goals and creative dreams they wish to accomplish in the future. The inspiration to manifest a desired reality is significant to the evolution of humanity. Goals keep us moving forward allowing us to find purpose in our existence. However, anything we will ever accomplish in the future of our lifetime will be experienced as the Now. We will believe we have reached our goal when it is here, being experienced in This Moment. Can we see that there is nothing other than Now? And if Now is all there is, a profound realization can be observed, and that is, anything that has ever happened or will ever happen is actually happening Now, Here, In This Moment. The future is one of infinite possibility, and to get there, we must do our best to remain present here and now. PRESENCE in This Moment is what allows our desired experiences of the future to flow to us.
From a practical standpoint, there are countless strategies we can work with to become more present. Keeping a gratitude journal, running, reading, meditation, yoga, and visualization are among the many. Also, focusing on the breath is a quick and easy way to become present almost instantly. These practices call for the total focus of attention into The Moment. The more consistent and habitual we are with them, the more Presence will transcend into our daily lives through stillness and tranquillity. As we become more and more present, we notice things that were not always so evident. It becomes easier to feel gratitude for what has happened and joy for what is present. In turn, we become more able to trust the future because we are now in a space of understanding that whatever we are looking for, we already have. It is all Here, Now, In This Moment.
“But still,” one might argue, “if the future is now, why am I not experiencing the future I want?” To that we would say “My friend, you are the future, and so am I. Tomorrow does not exist yet. We are going to create it through our intentions, thoughts, and actions. The future is you and I, right here, right now, in this very moment.” What a wonderful concept; Billions of creative beings who are all connected, all worthy, working together to create the most joyful experience of the Now. Talk about feelings of gratitude.
At the end of the day, don’t we all just want to be happy?
We spend the days, weeks, and years trying to find this fulfilment as if it is somewhere out there. We look for it in many places including material things, personal accomplishments, and in other people. As the clock ticks, there is a constant reaching for “something” that we hope to experience. We ask ourselves, “What do I have to do in order to get it?” Could it be that we are asking ourselves a question we already know the answer to? Is it possible that we are reaching for something we already possess? Try to consider that the happiness we are in search of (in whatever form we desire to experience it) exists Right Here, Now, In this Moment. If that were the case, all we would need to do in order to be happy is be present. Try it, what is there to lose? Remember, Emotion breeds Presence. That is why “Following your heart” is such a highly recommended approach to this life.
-I’d like to dedicate this article to Chris Coman, Jim Bukowski, and the late John Devlin. My three fathers who raised me to stay true to myself and to follow my heart. Happy Fathers Day.