The past is gone, and the future is not yet here. The only thing that you really have is the Now.This moment, and in every moment, you have the opportunity to be fully present. Becoming more aware, and learning how to be present in each moment will help you stay in touch with your Inner Wisdom and Sensuous Self. In every moment, you have a choice to go through it mindlessly, on autopilot, or to be fully present, experiencing the Now.
There are times when we are brought into the moment very quickly and dramatically, and we experience the Now. A few examples that come to mind are when a baby is born, when someone dies, or even when you are driving your car mindlessly, then suddenly slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the car in front of you. But, there are easier and more subtle ways to experience the Now in everyday Life.
Increasing your Awareness is key to Experiencing the Now. In Sullins Stuart’s Book “Living in Conscious Harmony: A Spiritual Guide to being in the Now,” he calls this “Intentional Awareness.” Intentional Awareness means bringing your Awareness fully to whatever you are doing in each moment. As you are reading this blog, are you fully present in this moment, or is your mind dwelling in the past, or projecting into the future? Living in the Now means engaging all of your Senses in this moment, and every moment. Right now, as you stare at your computer, use your Senses to become aware of your surroundings. Are you sitting in a chair? Is the chair comfortable? Is it hard or soft? Are you sitting with good posture, or are you straining your neck or shoulders? If you are drinking something . . . is it hot or cold? Is your environment warm or cool? Are you aware of any sounds or smells around you? As I ask you these questions, your mind will generate thoughts. What I am suggesting is to let go of these thoughts about the Now. Let go of judgments, analysis, and expectations about what you are experiencing, and Just Experience the Now . . . with all of your Senses. You will become more connected to your Inner Wisdom and Sensuous Self when you experience the Now!
Living in the Now is a worthy aspiration. It can help us avoid ruminating about the past, or attempting to predict the future. The only thing that is real is the Now, one moment at a time. Practice Intentional Awareness whenever you can. Fully engage in all of your experiences with all of your Senses, and you will gain insights about Yourself, and the Universe without really trying at all. Each and every moment offers you a new opportunity to practice.
“We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.” – Marie B. Ray
Until next time,
Link to Sullins Stuart Book “Living in Conscious Harmony”