The present is your only point of power.
You probably heard this before: “Now is the only moment that really exists” Many sages over centuries have asserted that there is only a continuous present moment. Past and future are just meaningless illusions. Past and future only exist in your mind.
Most people have the natural tendency to focus on the future or the past. However, things can only exist and occur at present. Moreover, you can actually achieve true personal development in the now.
The present moment connects you to your innermost resources
When your mind is centered in the present moment you are prone to perform more productive actions. You can experience the state of flow and harness your unbounded power. When focused on the now, you tend to perform your activities almost effortlessly.
Being present also connects you to your muse. Being fully present is utterly liberating. When you are present, your actions are more creative and spontaneous. You are also more susceptible to receiving inspirational insights.
When you are fully present you are at peace
When you are completely present you feel more at ease and still. You magically dissolve any negative emotional state. Your mind is clearer and your energy more vibrant.
When you are present you can also forgive yourself and others. When you do not forgive, you are tied to the past. When you are fully present, you cast behind the burden of the past. You can forgive yourself and others in a wholehearted manner.
When you are present your energy level rises spontaneously
Whenever you are in the now, your energy levels lift automatically. In the now, all your negativity is drained away. When being present, you are truly connected to your pure essence.
You can find below some tips to harness the benefits of the present moment:
1. Accept the now without any exceptions
Befriend the present moment; never go against it. You should embrace all your life situations, even the negative ones. Accepting what is occurring at present is a very important starting point to transform it.
2. Realize when you are not present
There are some clear signs that you are not concentrated on the present moment. For example, when you blame others or yourself or when moan about your difficulties, you are not being present.
When you are wishing things were better, you are dwelling in the past.
3. Avoid mental future-traveling
Any type of mental projections takes you out of the present moment. For example, daydreaming does not connect you with the now. When you dwell on the possible outcomes of your actions, instead of your current experiences, you miss the magic of the now.
When you have expectations on future outcomes, you do not delve into the now. When you imagine what people might think about you, you are not in the present moment.
4. Avoid condemnation
Never wish things were different, but accept your full responsibility for everything around you. You should avoid criticizing, judging or over analyzing every single thing.
Every time you classify things mentally, you are not being fully present. As a consequence, your environment tends to lose its natural freshness.
5. Center on your senses
It is important to be mindful at all times. In your daily activities, you must center on each of your five senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste, one at a time.
For example, concentrate only on what you hear from second to second. The same applies to the rest of your senses.
6. Avoid multitasking
You should concentrate on one task at a time, even mundane or ordinary ones. Be fully engaged and integrated with the activity at hand, completely present. Multitasking makes your attention scattered.
There is a saying which goes “When I eat, I only eat” which implies being fully attentive to the task at hand.
7. Cast away distractions
Allocate some time a day for activities which are meaningful for you. You should block out some time in your schedule to devote to those activities, without allowing any distraction to interfere.
8. Center on your breathing
Be aware of your breathing on a regular basis. Focus on the air entering your nostrils filling your lungs when you exhale. Feel your lungs being emptied as the air goes out through your nostrils.
When you exhale you must feel the air flicking your upper lip. This will make you feel more present.