“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
When was the last time you were fully present in the NOW?
I used to hear the idea shared that ‘there’s only now’ but never fully understood it until a few years ago when I read “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.
What is now? It’s this very moment. It’s the time when all things are created because they all begin in the mind. As a personal development coach I enjoy talking about ‘now’ because it’s the fertile ground where the future grows. “NOW” is where personal development happens.
“Now” is ideal attention, focus. It’s being in “the zone” where all that exists, all that matters is the present moment, not the past or future. It’s paying full attention to what you’re doing in the moment you’re doing it.
For example, if you’re eating, eat. If you’re reading, read. It’s the moment of choice for every action or thought. Personal development is a present activity. It’s deciding in each moment and affirming each decision with action.
If you’re eating and thinking about bills, or what’s on television, then you’re not in a state of now. If you’re reading and not concentrating on the act of reading, then you’re not in the present. Whatever you happen to be doing, if you’re thinking about something else, then you’re not attentive and not in a state of now.
Have you ever been reading but couldn’t remember what you read? Or maybe you kept reading the same page over and over again because you couldn’t seem to grasp what was being said? That’s what not being in the present feels like.
When you’re not attentive, not here, your present peace of mind may be distracted by an upcoming event, or something that’s already happened. When you’re working on personal development one of the keys is to always bring your focus back to ‘now’. Always asking “what can I do now to achieve what I want?”
If I ask you how you feel, I’m not asking how you felt yesterday or how you think you’ll feel tomorrow. I’m asking how you feel, in this moment. Same as if I ask you what you want. I’m not asking about what you wanted in the past, or even what you want for the future. I’m asking for this moment because knowing and embracing what you want today gives you clarity for creating the future.
Now is all there is. Tomorrow is always beyond your grasp and yesterday is gone forever. It’s the only reality.
A few days ago I woke up with a feeling of complete peace. The day and time were ‘Now’ and being able to enjoy that presence felt great. Being focused on what was happening in each moment allowed the day to unfold as an incredibly productive day.
What do you want? Who are you, now? Let’s get a fresh start there so we can then think about what needs to happen in every “now” so the future can be perfect for you.