by Remez Sasson
Nothing is worth more than this day.
Wolfgang von Goethe
I have realized that the past and future are real
illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
Living in the present means being aware and conscious of what
you are doing, feeling and thinking at the present moment. It means shifting your attention to the present moment and dealing
with it effectively, instead of focusing on the past or future. The past has gone away and you cannot change it, and the future
is the outcome of the present, of the way you think, feel and act now.
True living occurs in the present moment, the only moment that
Below you will find a conversation between a teacher and a pupil
about living in the present. This is an excerpt from the book 'Peace of Mind in Daily Life'.
Teacher: Living in the present moment helps
you to avoid worries, fears and anxieties, and wasting your time on futile and negative thoughts.
If you keep thinking about the past, you allow all kinds of
emotions and thoughts to rise into your consciousness, affecting the way you feel and think. Most often, such reminiscing
disturbs the mind and agitates it, which is the opposite of peace of mind.
It is the same with thinking about the future. It is okay if
you devote some time to thinking about it and planning it, but if you just keep dwelling on it and worrying about it, you
are keeping peace of mind away.
The best approach would be to direct your attention to the present
moment, to what you are doing and what is happening around you at each moment. By occupying your mind with the present moment
you keep your mind busy, and don't make room for worries, anxieties, fears or unpleasant memories.
Pupil: Do you mean to say that I should not
think about the past and the future?
Teacher: Learn from the past and plan for
the future, but don't dwell too much on them. You cannot change the past and you cannot yet live in the future. The only place
where you can live and act is in the present. Actually, what you do in the present affects your future.
Reliving past events in your mind and daydreaming about the
past or the future, keep the mind busy with endless thoughts, but if you focus your mind on the present moment, you don't
make room in your mind for unnecessary and disturbing thoughts or emotions.
Living in the present means that you direct your attention to
what is happening now, enjoying it and making the most of it. By focusing your mind on the present, you don't have time or
opportunity to wallow in useless and negative thoughts and emotions relating to the past or the future.
Wake up to the present moment and live in it. The past happened
and is over, so what is the use of reliving it?
You lose peace of mind if you constantly live in the past and
think and visualize events that have already happened. You also gain nothing by worrying about the future. On the other hand,
concentrating on the present moment, on what is happening or what you are doing right now, frees you of unnecessary, burdensome
and unpleasant thoughts and emotions, and brings peace into your mind.
An excerpt from the book 'Peace of Mind in Daily Life'.
© Copyright Remez Sasson
Remez Sasson teaches and writes on positive thinking, creative
visualization, motivation, self-improvement, peace of mind, spiritual growth and meditation. He is the author of several books,
among which are "Peace of mind in Daily Life", "Will Power and Self Discipline", "Visualize and Achieve" and "Affirmations
- Words of Power".
Visit his website and find articles and books filled with inspiration,
motivation and practical advice and guidance.