Hello My Friends,
The willingness and ability to live fully in the present moment eludes many people. While eating your appetizer, don’t be concerned with dessert. While reading a book, notice where your thoughts are. While on vacation, be there instead of thinking about what should have been done and what has to be done when returning home. Don’t let the elusive present moment get used up by thoughts that aren’t in the here and now.
There’s an irony to this habit of letting your mind drift to other times and other places. You can only drift off in the now, because now is all you ever get. So drifting off is a way of using up your present moments. You do indeed have a past, but not now! And, yes, you have a future, but not now! You can consume your now with thoughts of “then” and “maybe,” but that will keep you from the inner peace you could experience.
To practice living in the moment, stop and take notice of all that’s in your immediate space—the people, animals, plants, the sky, buildings, everything. Stay in the present by meditating and getting closer to the ultimate now…God.
Think about this. God will not be doing anything different one hour from now than God is doing now. And God is not doing anything different now from what God was doing a thousand years ago. The truth is that you can only come to know God if you’re willing to be at peace in the present moment.
I would like to let you in on a sublime secret that I learned from one of my most influential teachers: You will only come to truly know God when you give up the past and the future in your mind and merge totally into the now, because God is always here now.
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