I’m certain from the title of this blog many things came into your mind. What is this skill that will give me spiritual bliss? It’s funny to me sometimes that the most profound things are often the most simple concepts.
I reveal to you the skill is – Being in the present moment. Simple, right? Not really. The human mind is constantly going non-stop always looking forward, backwards and any where it can look. Planning, worrying, causing itself anxiety, feeding fears, you name it.
Many spiritual books will tell you the skill of being in the present moment will completely change your life. Most notably the bestselling book “Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle goes into great detail of the importance of being in the present moment.
When you are fully in the present moment, you are able to actually experience life rather than constantly being in a state of mind games. As an example, most people when reading to their children at night are thinking about all of the crap they need to do, or about tomorrow, you name it. If we were fully present, it would be a beautiful moment. All moments can be beautiful. Even if there is a problem it is not a problem in the present moment. You deal with it and move on. Most problems become problems because we take time to place negative emotions to it – again looking back in time or forward in time.
How do you live in the present moment?
Below are some tips I have found to be useful:
- Remind yourself periodically to do a mental check and place yourself back in the present moment. I’ve even put alarms on my cell phone to remind me to do these checks.
- Take a moment to observe every detail around you – if you’re outside, listen to the birds, feel the air on your face, etc. No moment is ordinary.
- When people speak, really try to listen fully. Give them your attention without judgement or thinking what you will say next. This will also greatly improve relationships.
Good luck with learning this amazing skill. Feel free to leave a comment if you have input!!
*Photo credit to Wolfe Grace Pictures – rocking job catching the present moment*