Being in the Present

  • August 16, 2017

These days, people feel they don’t have enough time. This causes a lot of stress and unease. ‘Multi-tasking’ often leads to reduced concentration and mistakes – which then takes up more time. Some become so dispirited by their ‘to-do’ list that they put things off, presuming it will be easier some other day – or not worthwhile if left long enough – and so the list gets longer… When time feels like this, everything seems an effort. Yet there are people who do a lot but don’t feel or appear to be busy; they are carefree. How do they manage that? The secret lies in how much we understand and value ourselves and the time. This enables us to focus on what is important.

“The key is to be in the present and aware of myself as a spiritual being” experience change – from being a child, to a young person, to an adult, then an older person. Yet, ‘I’, the one who experiences the world and expresses “myself” through this ever-changing body, remains the same. When “I” is replaced with “we” even illness becomes wellness.

The key is to be in the present and aware of myself as a spiritual being, temporarily inhabiting the body I use, observing and taking part in the great drama of life. I play my physical role with responsibility but I can also step back mentally from that role and observe myself. The role then becomes more beautiful, more precise and more accurate, because, I can understand better how to play it objectively. I come into time – into the drama of life – but I can also step back into another awareness – that of timelessness, of eternity. This practice we experience and develop through silence and meditation.

If one uses his time, energy and money in ways that are benevolent and useful, the person experiences a lot of happiness and strength internally and in his/her relationships. We can waste so much time and energy thinking unhelpfully of the past – or creating expectations of an ideal future. Yesterday is gone and it is what we do in this moment that will determine the future that we and others would like to see. So what one has to do is focus his/her attention on the present and the quality of his thoughts, words and actions now.

With a better understanding of our self and time, one is able to tap into his/her inner power and the power and energy of the One above – and use that in a worthwhile way to help bring about positive change in his/her own life and in the world.

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