Sometimes I am in the present and sometimes not. But the moment that I'm aware of the present moment, it has been replaced by the next in line for the title of "present."
I try hard to remain in the present but it's easy to be pulled back to the haunting past of "Should" or "Could". Wasted energy. So I try to stay here instead of yesterday or the prospect of an unknown tomorrow.
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That is a good question to ask people. Some people believe that the ability to live in the present requires experiencing a sense of eternity.
It is impossible to live in the present. In the blink of an eye, one second comes and passes into the past.
I try to stay aware all the time because now is the only place to be forever. We are always in the right here right now.
When we are participating in something and are concentrating on what we are doing we could be said to be living in the present. But even that might not be entirely accurate. For as I sit and type this answer my mind - that is my consciousness - is not so much focused on the typing, which comes automatically and without me having to even glance at the keyboard, to my projecting into a number of areas at the same time: imagination: imagining you as the questioner; imagining my influence on you with this answer, and thinking what I am going to say. So even here, I'm sort of 'scattered.' I'm divided.
No, complete living in the present, as I see it, is the mind still of its verbal chatter, imagining, and planning. It is not thinking, imagining what will happen, or what has happened. It is still, and aware of it's surroundings. But what is the IT. It is the real us, totally focusing on what is OUT THERE as we look, and listen.
Or if our eyes are shut and we're not listening what is going on IN HERE.
Good question - one could write a book in answer to it.
A thought provoking question. But by force of habit, the mind always drift to the past and plan for the future. Though both these are futile attempts, i try to live mostly in the "Present moment". But the mind is very deceptive and it tries all games to bring me back to the past or worry about future. But due to persistent practice, i am focused more on the present.
For some years, yes. I'm trying to be focused and set goals to reach, not just hanging around.
I have definitely learned to stay more in the present than in the past. You are NOT defined by your past...There is absolutely no reason to be held down by your past because there is nothing you can do about what already happened...It happened, you can't go back in time to change it. What you CAN do is turn around your present and future, no matter if it seems possible or not. Realize it is up to YOU and no one else is responsible for your actions/thoughts except for you, no matter what has happened or what someone has done to you!
Now...The problem for me is trailing off into the future. I've gotten much better about it and am trying to focus on the present, what I can control right now...Who you are and what you do now determines your future and YOU are responsible for it. Are you making decisions currently that will give you the future you want and deserve? It's never too late to start working toward the life you want and deserve, but don't focus so much on the future that you become stressed and overwhelmed...because...You're not actually in the future yet and you have no idea what awaits you, what opportunities and/or pitfalls lie ahead of you, but you DO have now. "Now" is in YOUR hands and it is entirely up to you what you will do with that. When you realize that, the past and future aren't so stressful because no matter what does happen or has happened, it is ultimately YOUR choice what you will do with the situation and how you will react to it!
I try my very best to always live in the present, knowing I am redeemed from my past and I give my future to God; it's in His hands and there is no safer place it could be. Trials may come, but I can make the decision, NOW, to be strong!
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