I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that living in the present moment is a lot more challenging than I thought it would be. It seems like a simple concept, but it’s difficult to do on a consistent basis.
I attended a free class on the subject Monday night taught by Christine Breese, the founder of the University of Metaphysical Sciences, a distance-learning school based in California. I had met Christine the day before while she was manning her booth at the Edge Life Expo.
By coincidence (hello!), Christine’s class was held at the Present Moment bookstore in Minneapolis. I asked her a lot of questions and did some brainstorming afterwards, and these are the thoughts I came up with:
• Being fully present means being fully mindful. It is a timeless state of mind, not limited simply to what is happening around you in the physical world at any given moment.
• Stay anchored in the present moment by paying attention to what you are paying attention to. When your attention wanders, and you feel pulled in more than one direction, your awareness is fragmented by the stresses of past events and the weight of future expectations.
• Certainly, it is useful and often necessary to look at the past (for reminiscing or analyzing) or the future (for planning or daydreaming). As long as you focus your undivided attention on such thoughts, your mind and spirit remain fully engaged.
• Living in the stream of the present moment requires diligence and will power; still, it is all too easy to get swept away by the crosscurrents of daily living. Let regular occurrences and daily rituals—a ringing phone, brushing your teeth, starting your car—serve as reminders to return to the “now.”
• When you are fully engaged in the present, every moment becomes extraordinary. Fears and worries fall away and you are “in the zone,” operating at peak capacity.
• You are authentically being who you are, and on the fast track to becoming all that you are meant to be.
Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.
Thich Nhat Hanh
I remind myself that days are made of moments, and how I choose to be in those moments is what’s going to determine the quality of my day, which in turn can affect the quality of someone else’s day. What it all comes down to is this: If you’re going to be there, be there. You might be somebody’s only angel of the day and you can’t take that for granted.
ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
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Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.