You ever catch yourself daydreaming or thinking about something that happened in the past? Or are you thinking about the future?

Most people do this on some level everyday.

When you 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 live the life you want – start now by experiencing the present moment for the gift that it is. Here are some steps to get started:

1. Be With What’s Happening – Right Now

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

The only thing that really exists right now is the very present moment that you live in and from this present moment you can draw tremendous power; the kind of power that can change your life and allow you to 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 ready to get to work to improve your life.

Your subconscious mind then begins working for you because your subconscious only understands the present moment your subconscious does not understand 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 needs to be done right now. No more comparing or hoping for things to get better. Just deal with what is and what has to be done.

2. How You Can Live In The Now

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

  • Do you find yourself waiting for something to happen?
  • Are you waiting to get 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 or live in the now 24 hours a day. But start by doing this for a few minutes a day and then 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 towards the future so fast that we miss the joys occurring right before us. Enjoy life. Do things differently. Act like a kid when you can–kids are the best teachers of learning to be present as 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 attracting more positive situations into you 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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33 Comments

  • David G Spall says:

    Wonderful reminder of the majic of the ETERNAL NOW !

    I am ready for anything NOW.

    Right now I am so very grateful for everything, NOW ! The tsunami of measureless blessing floods into my soul from the Ocean of Abundance NOW !!!

  • I can accomplish anything because I think it can be done starting right nowright now

  • Elly says:

    Actually,,, you only get one life that you remember now… so ,,,if this is the highest you have evolved to, then it would be wise to live in the present and know that you can live longer and healthier by only focusing on the present. It is the constant thoughts of the past that age us… and the worries of an imagined future that cause the chemical reactions that age us…

  • Hey, great post, very well written. You should write more about this.

  • matt bovard says:

    anybody hear of Ram Dass wrote a little book called Be Here Now back in the 70's?

  • John R#70 says:

    LOL – I love it = thanks everybody – thanks == be here now – right here right now – it feels great focusfocusfocusfocus – on what you are doing -NOW – driving walkingrunninglifting everything you do – do with purpose and focus on now – alwaysalwaysalways – be here now – erase all traces of the past and illusions of the future – I would never have thought i would be here doing what i am doing right now – thanks fabulous – wonderful – Think that – you made all the right deciions in your life – you are here and you are doing this now – fabulous – tremendous – I love it and thanks again – John R#70

  • Nicole says:

    I enjoyed Eckhart Tolle's book The Power of Now. Beautiful beyond measure…

  • Ajit Kaikini says:

    When one anchors to the past, he is lives in FEAR. Anchoring to the future puts one in doubt. Being in the present gives the required energy to face the realities with confidence! Probably, head oriented living puts you in the past and future whereas, heart oriented one puts you in the now!

    Is that the reason that the soldiers are able to face bullets in war with confidence?

  • David G Spall says:

    Wonderful reminder of the majic of the ETERNAL NOW !
    I am ready for anything NOW.
    Right now I am so very grateful for everything, NOW ! The tsunami of measureless blessing floods into my soul from the Ocean of Abundance NOW !!!

  • Kaushik says:

    Great post, and helpful info.

    Be here now is an excellent technique, and it's tried and true. Patanjali mentioned it in the Yoga Sutra two thousand years ago.

    It's a great technique. In my books, I recommend the two-step dance of awareness (be here now) and release. Release makes awakening effortless.

  • Ajit Kaikini says:

    When one anchors to the past, he is lives in FEAR. Anchoring to the future puts one in doubt. Being in the present gives the required energy to face the realities with confidence! Probably, head oriented living puts you in the past and future whereas, heart oriented one puts you in the now!

    Is that the reason that the soldiers are able to face bullets in war with confidence?

  • Angela says:

    Thanks for reminding me the power of now. Sometimes while driving home, it is like I am in automatic pilot. Can't tell how I got there. I wasn't present at all. I'll start the excercises and for sure I'll get back to you to tell you about my progress. Thanks again!!

  • Kaushik says:

    Great post, and helpful info.

    Be here now is an excellent technique, and it's tried and true. Patanjali mentioned it in the Yoga Sutra two thousand years ago.

    It's a great technique. In my books, I recommend the two-step dance of awareness (be here now) and release. Release makes awakening effortless.

  • A J. Wilson says:

    If we, conciously accept, to do this simple exercise, by putting our selves, into that very pleasant, but Powerful moment called, PRESENT, no matter who we think we are, what we have or don't have, where we are, and no matter the situation that occurs at any time of our day, and REALIZE, that we are ALIVE, HERE & NOW, simply because, we are constantly and fortunately breathing in the Present time, not the form the past or neither in the future, because it doesn't exist yet.

    WE then become the most powerfull & divine human being on Earth, cause we have the power to change the core of our path

    Thank you, Universal Intelligence or God,for that precious gift called PRESENT – HERE & NOW!

  • bill says:

    I am staying in the now. don't have my email approved. not even my password and yet I exist. Hooray and carry on fellow travelers

  • A J. Wilson says:

    If we, conciously accept, to do this simple exercise, by putting our selves, into that very pleasant, but Powerful moment called, PRESENT, no matter who we think we are, what we have or don't have, where we are, and no matter the situation that occurs at any time of our day, and REALIZE, that we are ALIVE, HERE & NOW, simply because, we are constantly and fortunately breathing in the Present time, not the form the past or neither in the future, because it doesn't exist yet.

    WE then become the most powerfull & divine human being on Earth, cause we have the power to change the core of our path

    Thank you, Universal Intelligence or God,for that precious gift called PRESENT – HERE & NOW!

  • Bee says:

    What a beautiful reminder with great simplicity!!! Absolutely love it!

  • Bahadur says:

    I could not download the ebook The Ten Steps for Happiness.

    Please do advise

  • Bahadur says:

    I could not download the ebook The Ten Steps for Happiness.
    Please do advise

  • Alana says:

    Glad to receive more uplifting inf It was good. Thks thks

  • ohgaia says:

    Yes, Ram Dass, 1971..first thing I thought of when I saw this blog title. Still relevant, still true, still here, still now.

  • Cas says:

    Great, even if i'm only managing it some of the time, I am becoming more aware and will learn to do it more and more as I have already tasted the benefits of it, thanks.

  • Marie says:

    Thank you!! This hit me on a day when I really needed to be reminded of it. Thanks to the Universe who led me here, and to Karim for writing it. Be here now,it's so simple.

  • Interestingly when I imagine my life 50 years from now, it makes me want to eat better, exercise consistently and be more mindful in the present.

    To be able to draw from the experience of the past in empowering ways, allows us a more promising future and a magical today.

    Many people think being Goal oriented means you are only future oriented. Not true. Goals help us to organize, prioritize and focus our time in the present.

    Live Your Dreams,

    Jill Koenig

  • Interestingly when I imagine my life 50 years from now, it makes me want to eat better, exercise consistently and be more mindful in the present.

    To be able to draw from the experience of the past in empowering ways, allows us a more promising future and a magical today.

    Many people think being Goal oriented means you are only future oriented. Not true. Goals help us to organize, prioritize and focus our time in the present.

    Live Your Dreams,

    Jill Koenig

  • Jerome says:

    Thanks I am going to try the exercise and use this tool.

  • Debra says:

    This was very helpful, enjoyed reading it,keep up the good work. Thank You. Debra

  • chery says:

    First I would like to thank you.Your ideas are clear and easy to understand. You go straight to the main points . People can feel a kind of friendship with you. Simply I do beleive you.

    Thank you again

  • chery says:

    First I would like to thank you.Your ideas are clear and easy to understand. You go straight to the main points . People can feel a kind of friendship with you. Simply I do beleive you.
    Thank you again

  • Kevin says:

    Now Here is also NOWHERE. all judgements are derived from dualistic thinking and insidiously helping the mind to compare the moment. “be in this world, but not of it” is a great line from yeasheau.

  • james says:

    I have been reading the power of NOW for quite sometime now and an atest to it.whenever am riding in a bus, i listen to the rumbling of the engine or just look at the passing trees.I FEEL SO GOOD AND POWERFUL .I feel like I an fly.I really enjoy being in the NOW.pRACTISE THIS AND YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN.

  • Rhonda Pierson Davies says:

    Yes .I remember that book. There was a book by ken keyes ,too. (funny little cartoons about accepting what is .

    arelle davies

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