How to Be Present and Start Living in the Now

“The future depends on what you do today.” 
Mahatma Gandhi (Tweet This)

Do you ever catch yourself daydreaming or thinking about something that happened in the past? Or do you find yourself thinking about the future?

Most people do this on some level everyday.

When you’re thinking about the past or the future, you’re not here. You’re not fully present, and you’re not utilizing the power of now.

If you want to achieve success, happiness, and the life you want, start by experiencing the present moment for the gift that it is. Here are some steps to get started:

1. Be One With What’s Happening — Right Now

Very few of us use the power of the current moment. Both the past and the future are only a part of your thoughts and memories; they only exist in your mind, not in reality.

The only thing that really exists right now is the very present moment that you live in. From this present moment, you can draw tremendous power, the kind of power that can change your life and help you achieve your goals.

When you begin working on being in the present moment with the intent of improving your life, you send a powerful message to your subconscious mind. You tell your subconscious that you are here now, and you’re ready to get to work and improve your life.

Your subconscious mind then begins working for you. It only understands the present moment, not the future or the past. Your subconscious only lives in the now; it only exists in the present moment.

Focus on what is happening and what you need to do right now. No more comparing or hoping for things to get better. Just deal with what is and what needs to be done.

2. How to Live in the Now

If you’re ready to start living in the now and begin creating the life you want, then take a look at your present situation. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you find yourself waiting for something to happen?
  • Are you waiting to find some more time? Make more money? Meet the right person?
  • Are you waiting for the right opportunity? Waiting is another game the mind plays because it doesn’t want to live in the present moment.

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you’re focusing on anything but the present moment.

I know you can’t focus on the present moment and live in the now 24 hours a day. But start by doing this for a few minutes each day and continue expanding the exercise everyday.

Here’s a suggestion. The next time you are driving or walking, pay attention only to what is happening around you. Listen to the sounds, observe the people. Don’t think about what you have to do, or what happened yesterday, or what might happen tomorrow, or what might happen in five minutes.

3. Find Your Joy

We rush toward the future so fast that we miss the joys of life occurring right before us. Enjoy life. Do things differently. Act like a kid when you can; kids are the best teachers of being present because that’s all they know.

If you have a passion for sports, then start playing a sport you like. If you have a passion for cooking, make a meal or two over the next couple of days.

As you find joy in the small things in front of you, you’ll start developing more positive situations in your life.

“As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love — even the most simple action.” –Eckhart Tolle

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