A person asked Budda:
“Are you a God?
“Budda’s reply was “No””
Are you an Angel?” “No”
“Then what are you?”
“I am Awake” — Unknown
To live in the moment or in other words “living consciously” means to not think about or dwell on the past, nor be anxious or worry about the future. When we give our attention to the present, this very moment, we focus on the task at hand. We give our full attention to what we are doing and we let go of outcomes and things that are not in our control.
We often put huge expectations on ourselves and our lives, as we rush to do this, hurry up with that, without actually enjoying the process. What’s the rush? Where do we think we’re going? If we don’t stop and think about where we’re at, we’re probably missing the point. Instead, when we slow down and take time to appreciate each moment and collect the lessons from it, we live consciously, purposefully and responsibly.
One of the big challenges we face in this fast-paced, ever changing world is to be present in our own lives. We tend to get so caught up in the craziness of what’s going on around us that we often overlook what’s happening in the moment. When we take the time to seize each moment in our lives, it allows us to prolong its value and make it more meaningful.
To make every moment count we must embrace it. Everything we do and every person we come in contact with deserves our full attention. Even when resting we should savor the moment. It gives us the opportunity to recharge, renew and gain clarity.Living in the moment means letting go of the past and trusting in the future. If we are positive and optimistic in the present, our future will be positive and promising too. We owe it to ourselves to make every moment count.
Tips for living in the moment:
Take notice of the world around you – No matter what you’re doing; try to find something beautiful around you. Taking notice of small things that you often take for granted can bring life and happiness even to the most boring or routine days.
Focus on whatever you’re doing – Focus on what is (not what was, or what could be). Have you ever been so engrossed in something that it seemed like the rest of the world just disappeared? Living in the moment is about creating that state of mind at any time.
Commit random, spontaneous acts of kindness – Try to keep alert in every moment of your day for some way in which you can make the world a better place. Even the smallest act of kindness, like complimenting someone, can bring joy. It’s the most spontaneous and unexpected acts of kindness that produce the greatest impact. You can’t be sensitive to those kinds of opportunities unless you’re present and living in the moment.
Be Thankful for what is – When you find yourself wishing for something you don’t have, or wishing your life would be different, start your quest for your wish by being thankful for what is already in your life. This will bring you back to the present moment. Make a list of what you are thankful for right now even if all you can think of is that you are alive and can breathe.
You don’t want to miss the gifts right in front of you because you are always looking beyond what is in the present moment to what once was or what might be. If you are thankful for what is, you’ll be happy to be in the moment instead of somewhere else.