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What does it mean to live in the moment?

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There is a moment in our lives when everything just stops. We look around and wonder, what am I doing? We realize we have been chasing something we can’t define. Our world is so scheduled we haven’t a clue when to stop. And we think we are supposed to be living this way. What does it mean to live in the moment?

Our bodies start aching, our sense of peace is non- existent. We are the proverbial cat chasing our tail. And we haven’t a clue when that happened. We have become expert in multi- tasking our lives away.

Then one day, suddenly we find ourselves slumped over in a chair. Our head is in our hands. Our heart is trembling.

Someone turns to us and says, just take a breath.

Umm, sorry, what did you say?

Take a breath.

Now take another.

Just be in this moment.

What does it mean to live in the moment?

Right here. Right now.

Right here? Yes.

Can we choose to live in the moment? Are we willing to let go of all that we have been taught and instead just take a breath.

Have you lived and experienced this sensation?

Wikipedia describes this moment as bringing one’s attention to this moment. And it is through training and mediation that we learn to be fully aware of this capacity. 


When we are inundated with external bells and whistles telling us where to put our attention every second of every day there is no way to be just be in the moment.

Our phones, our computers, our tablets, our calendar,all vying for our attention. Adding more and more to our sense of being dislocated from our own core of truth.

We call all these devices ours. But in reality it has nothing to do with us. It is just external stimuli. Designed to create more separation from the Universal laws.

Whereas, truly living in the moment means we are not bound by anything. We make the choice to give full and complete awareness to this moment.

That means we are not multi-tasking, we are not looking for distraction. We are actually sitting in the sweetness of now.

Should someone speak to us, we give them our full attention.

Eye to eye, heart wide open. I am seeing you, I am hearing you. The only thing that matters is this moment. There is no past.

The future is non existent. In the purity of this beautiful moment, I reside in my heart of peace. I am living in the moment.

That is living in the moment to me. Being fully present. And then there is this caveat that is so important.

Being present means there is no construct, no opinion, no judgment.

Pretty heady stuff?

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Being in the moment is the epitome of true clarity. We can really see the moment.  There is no attachment or baggage. Because it does not contain any preconception or power.

Has this happened to you? My friend J and I were having a conversation. I was listening to him intently and then realized I had somehow drifted to another space.

And I wondered why had that happened? With a start, it hit me. It was about judgment. I was not just listening.

Nope, my little self had usurped the conversation. I was judging his process. So then, I lost the gift of being fully present.

I had shifted to a space where I was no longer loving . Judgment took over.

That was an eye opener. In each moment of being fully present, there is no room for judgment.

When we go to judgment we can no longer hear or see the moment. I needed to apologize to him for my lack of love and not being fully present.

So it comes down to mindfulness. Knowing that each choice we make, we are that much closer to fully opening our hearts. And making that choice to live in the moment.

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Eckhart Tolle says its a misnomer to use the word mindfulness because it implies using our minds. When in true moments of being present. our minds are quiet, open and just being.

Thich Nhat Hanh says that we do not have to wait to experience happiness. It is present in every moment. When we take a breathe we are fully realizing what it means to be alive and be happy.

So mindfulness is not being stuck in fear, or stress, or worry, or old stories. Being  and living in the moment is when both our minds and our bodies are in full aliveness.Joining the mind and the body together in our breath is being in the moment.

Try it for yourself. Take a breath. Are you aware of anything other than your breath? Exactly. Your whole body is involved in that process. That is true awareness. We do not need any sort of effort. We just do it. And the same goes for viewing something in nature that brings awe. We are fully present watching the ocean ebb and flow.

Have you noticed that? When we are in that place of being fully living in the moment, the awareness is so heightened. Our entire body is in full participation. And also, we feel lighter. Because we are not holding on to anything. We have just this moment of complete aliveness and breath.

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Sounds funny to say side effects for being in the moment? In reality there are amazing health benefits. Really!

1. We no longer hold on to stress

2. We do not continually live a past story

3 We are much lighter

4. We breathe easier and deeper

5. Our blood pressure is lowered

6. We find ourselves being in a state of love

7. We find ourselves in a state of happiness

8. We live gratitude

9 Judgment is no longer in our frame of reference.

10. We live in the state of complete silence, No mind chattering. Focus and clarity becomes our constant.

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This meditation is about our breath.To live in the present is to know our breath. From breathing in to breathing out. We are focusing on only our breath.

You can do this anywhere. We are going to start with just a few breaths. Shallow and comfortable. Take three breaths. and let them out.

Now take a bit longer breath. Notice where it is in your body. Notice how everything in your body is aware of your breath.

You are now being fully in the moment. Your body and mind is in one accord.

This is such a sacred space to be in. Take another breath and exhale.

This process can be done anywhere, no matter the circumstances.

Try doing this 3- 5 times per day. You will be amazed at how much more focused and alive you feel.

Let me know how it works for you.

And starting out your day in a space of sacred connection is the ultimate way to change the course of your life. Do click here to learn how to change your morning ritual.

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We have this choice to live in the moment. Deciding to live this choices brings incredible health benefits and let’s not forget happiness! That seems truly worth the effort doesn’t it? For when we live in the moment we are alive and fully integrating our minds and bodies. There is no judgment or labels .

Simply being aware of our breath is the easiest way to ensure peace of mind and ease in our daily life. Being in the moment is how we lessen stress and give the gift of being fully present to our loved ones and friends. In fact all of our interactions are so loving because we are present.

Not distracted or disrespectful. Living in the moment means we are fully present and accountable.

Being in the moment to me means we are willing to give our self and everyone we interact with the gift of being present, the lovely gift of self and love.

How does this sound to you? Any thoughts on how this might change how we interact ?

I am so glad you stopped by.

I wish you ease, comfort and the daily gift of knowing your heart is singing.

In peace and gratitude,

Founder, Success-full-living.com, the place for heart- centric living!


32 thoughts on “WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT, 10 Health Benefits

  1. How do you like to practice presence? Myself, I like to go for a walk with no specific destination for maybe an hour. Or listen to an Eckhart Tolle talk, lol.

    1. Hello Iain, I am so happy to hear from you again. I hear you. Walks are also my most favorite way to connect with myself and be totally present. Don’t you just appreciate the idea that at any moment we have the power to be so totally connected to the Universe in peace and ease? So many thanks for being here. ariel

  2. Great article about happy life and mindfulness. I will share it with others as well because this is one of the best article I have ever read regarding mindfulness..

    1. Hello Sarah, I am so happy you stopped by and that this article really spoke to you. Many thanks for your kind and very encouraging words. I would be so grateful if you shared this article. But mostly, I hope it is something that brings you great happiness, joy and ease. Do you think you will start or have a practice on being present? Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I hope we get to chat again very soon. In peace and gratitude, ariel

  3. Hi Ariel, thank you for explaining being in the now. I have wondered what people were talking about when they mentioned it. I have just left a job that I was in charge of the entire IT (computer network) and Security for a local government. After two and a half years, I was totally burnt out. There was never a chance to be in the now. I was contacting contractors for major projects with deadlines, obtaining quotes, creating purchase orders, fixing staff computer problems, cctv, keys, backup, viruses, software subscriptions etc. and etc and etc. In fact there would not have been an opportunity to spend even 5 conscious breaths in the now. It is easy for the monks. They are not in such a situation as we are in a full time job with responsibilities and stress. Now that you have explained living in the now, I will endeavour to apply it to see if it can reduce my stress, as I feel I am permanently stressed. Your article was encouraging. Thank you.

    1. Hello Dave, wow, how did you ever survive that job? I am so relieved you are no longer there. But what a fantastic life lesson in what we do not need in our lives..yes? I am sure you did a great job. I would really like to hear how being in the moment does impact your life. Would you please stay in touch? I know you can relieve your stress, and you have already taken the first steps to make it happen. I wish you great ease in this new journey of yours. And I am here to help in any way I can. So many thanks for stopping by! In peace and gratitude, ariel

  4. Living in the moment is so important, and oddly difficult at times. But, it is the only freedom we have, because the present is all we have. thanks for these great suggestions for heart-centered living.

    1. Hello Penelope! So many thanks for stopping by and taking time to leave a comment. I hear you! Living in the moment as you said is the ultimate freedom. We have nothing to hold on to. And it gives us the joy of truly seeing this very precious moment. How did you come to your living in the moment experience? I am so glad you enjoyed the article. I so hope we get to chat again. In peace and gratitude, ariel

  5. I can only second what you wrote… I needed several years of practice to live in the moment at least most of my life… but the result of it is probably the most happy life I could live… no matter of the challenges coming up here and there… keep writing up your wonderful content, will be happy to follow you further!!! All the best! Katrin

    1. Hello Katrin! I am so happy to meet you. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hear you about having to practice living in the moment.And I so agree. Living in the moment is the essential mode of freedom from inner turmoil and outer stress. It allows us to just savor. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I so look forward to chatting with you again soon. In peace and gratitude, ariel

  6. I actually really need to try this since I continually think about my past and well I don’t feel good. I should definitely start living in the moment and honestly, don’t want to live a past story.

    1. Hello Furkan, So many thanks for dropping by. It is indeed amazing how our world changes once we make that step into living in the moment. Stress and back stories are no longer important. As we learn to see the gifts of this lovely moment. I wish you a great journey into this new momment. I hope you will stop back and let me know how your world is going. And if there is anything I can assist with as you make these changes. Wishing you flowing joy and peace, ariel

  7. Hi Ariel thank you for a great article.. I really enjoyed it!

    I am sure many people know about living in the present moment however with daily stresses of life it is easy to forget this and worry about the past and the future,

    However, you hit the nail on the head when you say it all starts with your breath and learning to focus on that breath of life. I do meditate when I feel any stress and just focus on the breath going in and out. Just this simple process is enough to bring me to the present moment.

    Thank you again for sharing one of the best articles I have read in a long time. I will definitly be visiting your site often.

    Peace and Gratitude… Stay blessed.

    1. Hello Moni, Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. It is indeed amazing how just focusing on our breath is truly seeing life as its own beauty and peace. I am so glad you enjoyed reading this article. It is my hope that if we all take a moment to focus on our breath and living in the present moment we will indeed be the change we are seeking. I am happy to hear that you go to your meditation practice when you are stressed..and of course doing it daily is the antidote to any stress.I look forward to chatting with you again soon. In much peace and gratitude, ariel

  8. I have the hardest time living in the moment. In fact, I woke up this morning with my mind racing. What am I going to do today? What can I get done. Before I even got out of bed, I had a list a mile long. in fact, my list is what got me out of bed 2 hours earlier than normal.

    I love what you say about the side effects of being in the moment. When I think about it, it was the stress of what needs to be done in the future that pulled me out of bed and even interrupted my sleep. It was not being in the moment that’s kept me from being grateful and wanting more than what I have.

    It makes me wonder what my mental state would be if I just lived in the moment. Thanks for the great article.

    1. Hello Renee, So many thanks for stopping by! I hear you. I also know that feeling of being held hostage by our list of what we have to get done. What I have taught myself, is that all of these things will get done. And will get done easier, if I take each task and honor it. Be in the moment. It cuts my level of stress. And you are so right, it is gratitude that completely changes our perspective. I hope you do find a way to start feeling the joy of each moment. Do let me know if there is anything I can help you with to get started. I know you can do this. Let me know how it goes. You are so worth it. In peace and gratitude, ariel

  9. Reminds me what my Guru says, “the only moment we can know is this moment. There is no other moment we can experience right now”. Our psychological drama is our own creation. It has nothing to do with the reality. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hello Subhadeep! Thank you so much for being here. I so do love what your Guru says. We do only have this moment. And knowing that we have the choice to create our own reality, isn’t that so amazingly powerful? It is indeed our choice to live in simple joy and peace. I am so glad you stopped by. What is your daily practice? In peace and gratitude, ariel

  10. You have put so many ideas into such a wonderful article. With all of the distractions around us it become so difficult to really concentrate on what is in front of us. Even in yoga, my mind sometimes wanders, making judgements of others, coming in late or what I think is causing distractions when they are not the distraction. Your article reminds me to try harder to focus on me, and my breathing, and not let outside things divert my attention.

    1. Hello Jerilyn, I am so delighted you stopped by again. It is so lovely to get to chat with. And isn’t it to refreshing to know it is all within our own power? There is this wonderful blank slate that we are given every single day to create joy, ease and more love. How much more wonderful can that be? I wish you great success with your own practice. Would really like to hear how it is going for you. Thank you so much for being here. In peace and gratitude, ariel

  11. wow what a lovely article. I agree with you 100% with whatever you mentioned here. Nobody i know lives in the moment, even me included. You are right, I feel this is how life is but when I read something like this then I know what we should be and what we become. Not listening to someone is one horrible habit and I feel guilty too how judgement takes over, I will try to change this. thank you for sharing.

    1. Hello Raman, I am so delighted you stopped by. Thank you so much for your kind words. Isn’t it so true that we all just want to be heard and seen? So to give each other that gift by being so present, is essentially gifting ourselves too. And the best part, is that if we do not act in our highest good one moment. We get to have another moment to do it well. I would like to hear how your practice is going. Many thanks for being here. In peace and gratitude, ariel

  12. Ariel,
    I am curious about the paintbrush by your signature. To me, it is a reminder that we all can control how we “paint our own picture.” The choices in colors that we paint with, the types of strokes we use to describe the moments all control how we and others interpret our lives.

    The part in your article where you mention listening to someone but then realizing you’ve tuned out really hit home with me. I do that all too often. It’s as though someone inside has the remote and is constantly changing the channel if the conversation doesn’t meet my immediate interest. It’s sad really.

    I recently read something that said, “It’s better to be interested than interesting.” Of course, I think my pursuit of knowledge is an addiction in a quest to be “interesting” rather than interested.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post.

    1. Hello Neil, I love your metaphor of the paintbrush. I so agree. It is up to us how we determine our use of each moment. In the way we listen and respond and give our love. And that realization with my friend made me so aware of my choice to be loving. It cannot be just in words. But it is such an interesting journey to experience the ability to change and be in the moment, isn’t it? And I think you make a very valid point. Interesting is just the small self wanting attention… interested is the large heart sending out love. And it is an amazing freeing place to live. I wish you great joy and abundance in your journey. And so many thanks for stopping by. I hope we get to chat again soon. In peace and gratitude, ariel

  13. I love this article, couldn’t stop reading 🙂 Sometimes I really can’t focus on the present, because I’m already thinking about possible problems in the future – that often even don’t occur, so I’m worrying for nothing. I’m already trying to meditate and it is difficult sometimes, because my mind is playing tricks on me 🙂
    Also, sometimes I realize that I take very shallow breaths and when I start taking deeper breaths, I clear my head, fill my lungs, and immediately feel better.

    1. Hello Ziga! I am so happy you stopped by to chat. It is really amazing how we are so easily distracted..isn’t it? But if we choose to let go of this moment with our heads filled with tomorrow we lose the beauty of now. In my practice it has really shown me how lovely and easy it is to live in this moment. And with every thought that comes we have the option to just let it float by. We do not need to claim it. Have you found that to work for you? I know taking deeper breaths really realigns my world. I hope you continue doing this practice. It is truly the breath of life. And do let me know how it is going for you.I look forward to hearing from you. In peace and gratitude, ariel

  14. Hi
    Great post. This is so correct in that we spend our time(the present) worrying about the future when it does not even exist. This moment is all we have. We should all remember to slow down and take a breath even when it is not in a meditative state.
    Thank you

    1. Hello and so many thanks for stopping by. I so agree with you in this moment every breath is a reminder of gratitude and joy. May we all find our breath as the life giver it is. I wish you great joy. In peace and gratitude, ariel

  15. In this day and age it is so hard to live in the moment. You almost need someone to stop you and make you realize you have too much going on.

    It seems like our days are so planned out and we continue to add more to our plate, until one day we look around and wonder where did our lives go.

    I like your side-effects of being in the moment. I especially like gratitude, happiness and love. Those alone are three great reasons to take this article to heart.

    Thanks for sharing such a powerful article. We all can take something from this.

    1. Hello Nate, I am so grateful you stopped by. And for the lovely encouraging words. It is so true we have allowed ourselves to get caught up in the whirlwind rather than the heart. Just imagine if we all decided to live those side effects! What a lovely experience we would all indeed have! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I hope your world stops for a bit and you get to see the inside of your heart. In peace and gratitude, ariel

  16. Hey Ariel,

    I think a lot of people get caught up in their daily lives and don’t always focus on the present. For example, mistakes we have made in the past we tend to beat ourself up about it. Also, if we are not where we want to be in life we try to focus on the future.

    I have meditated for years now. Before I used to meditate I used to get easily frustrated, stressed, etc. It really does help improve your quality of life.

    What type of things do you visualize when you meditate?

    1. Hello Garen, So many thanks for stopping by and commenting. It is so very true that we when we live in the present, in the moment there is nothing we are wanting or needing. There is only peace. My meditation practice varies. I do walking meditation and sitting meditation. And mostly I visualize exponential peace and loving of self and the planet. I see the glow of peace expand. That gives me great inner peace and simple joy. I find I am more loving. What do yo visualize? So happy to chat with you. In peace and gratitude, ariel

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