What does it mean to live in the moment?
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?
LIVE IN THE MOMENT
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?
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.
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.
SIDE EFFECTS OF BEING AND LIVING IN THE MOMENT
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
4. We breathe easier and deeper
5. Our blood pressure is lowered
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.
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.
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!