Living in the “now”

For all the talk about planning for the future and stuff, there´s rarely any meaningful talk about being fully present in each moment. Renewed Spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle describes it masterfully in his book The Power of Now:

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”

For all the talk about planning for the future and stuff, there´s rarely any meaningful talk about being fully present in each moment. Renewed Spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle describes it masterfully like this: “Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” 

Early in life, I struggled with this concept. Not that I never appreciated the beauty of life or the places I visited, it’s just that I never appreciated them fully. They usually came accompanied by a thought of worry or fear. I was one of those people that used to think that I didn’t deserve something good or that if anything good happened it was because something bad was just around the corner.

Now, being a father of two, I’ve come to understand that it doesn’t really matter if something bad will happen, because it doesn’t have any effect in the present moment.

This past weekend was one of those times, where the old me would’ve messed up several awesome moments I had. I could have been worried about many things, from past and future, but none of them derailed the feeling of complete satisfaction and awe that I had playing in the sand with my oldest and swimming in the ocean with my 9 month old baby girl. I was there, fully present with them, enjoying life. I know my son felt it because he said so, and I’m certain she felt it too, in her own little way. They had me, and I had them.

My commitment is to move forward in life having more of these moments and teaching my kids how to value them too.

I invite you to do the same. Whenever possible, escape the past and present and be fully present. You will feel it and you will know it.

LJ

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