Moment to Moment

By realizing that your entire life journey ultimately consists of the step you are taking in this moment. There is always only this one step, and so you give it your fullest attention. . . . . . Another way of putting it: What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now.” Eckhart Tolle

I came upon this quote this morning as I was searching for some inspiration for today’s blog. Sometimes when I am unsure what to write about, I randomly go in search of ideas. I find it to be true that if you and I are open and fully in the moment, the guidance we are searching for will be appear.

Being in the moment sound so New Age doesn’t it? Probably because it is different than the conditioning we receive from earlier in life. We learn to be focused on the past or the future as if they represent what matters. As young children we are taught over and over again to wait, to delay gratification, to look forward to what is coming. As adults we continue the delaying, the waiting and also toss in the wishing it was like it use to be. Our minds learn to be focused on the past or in anticipation of the future.

Rarely do we take the time to just be present to what is and our minds seem preoccupied with planning or remembering. This is not the way to happiness or peace of mind.

Today as you read this take the time to notice if your mind can stay with what you are reading or does it get distracted, run off obsessing about something, recall past experiences or where does it go instead of being present to the words and ideas on this page.

Please avoid judging you and your mind and instead become a kind witness that seeks to understand where your thoughts are taking you. As an impartial viewer you can learn much about your thoughts and the feelings they create. This inner observer when developed comes from beyond the mind where true liberation is possible. This liberation is from the chaotic busy mind that is everywhere but present. That is true freedom.

Being present allows you to be free to fully enjoy the moment. All that you want to create in your life comes from your focus on the moment. If your focus is strong and clear then positive results will come into your life. If you are hanging out in the past or the future then the results will show that you are not present to the opportunities of the moment.

Ram Dass is one of my favorite teachers and his book about consciousness is called, Be Here Now. There is a brown colored pages section of that book that if you read it being fully in the now, you will experience the altering of your mind in very expansive ways.

Have a great moment and I will be back again in the now.