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How to Be in the Now
By Susan deCaussin
Living in the “now”. This is the way to live a happy, content and joy-filled life. So, how do we make this happen? How do we remain focused in every moment? Simply stated, to live fully in the now, you must be able to let go of all thoughts and concerns regarding past and future events. Easy to say, but a bit more complicated to do.
How many minutes of your day are spent reliving issues and events from the past or worrying about what’s coming next. Now, imagine what it would be like if you were able to release those thoughts and commit yourself to being fulling engaged in the present moment.
When we replay the past, it may be out of a desire to have done things differently – also known as regret. Additionally, it may be from an inability to release yourself, or others, from past words or actions – also known as forgiveness. Without going into a long, drawn-out tutorial on how to let go and forgive, it’s easy to see that by living in the past, we’re concerning ourselves with things that cannot be changed. We can’t control what’s already taken place, but IT can control us by distracting us from the present moment.
On the other hand, how much of our day is spent worrying about how things will unfold in the future? Concerning ourselves with events that have not yet taken place shows that we have no faith in our ability to handle life’s twists and turns - no control over how those things will affect us. Nothing could be farther from the truth!
You see, life is nothing about what happens to us – it’s all about how we choose to react. If we choose to embrace all future challenges for the lessons they hold, and consciously decide to seek the good in everything, there’s nothing to fear when we contemplate the future.
So, what’s the big prize at the end of all of this? If you can successfully determine to release the past and fearlessly embrace what lies ahead, life will explode with color that you’ve never experienced before. Being preoccupied, by either the past or the future, pulls our attention and energy away from the only thing we really DO have control over – the current moment. When you are fully awake and present, you’ll be rewarded with a level of clarity and joy that you could never have imagined possible. You’ll see, hear and experience things that you never knew existed.
As a bonus, the energy that you’ll free up by releasing thoughts and fears related to the past and future, will ultimately allow you to raise your vibration and be better able to connect with your higher self. This will provide clarity regarding your souls’ purpose as it relates to your life path. Your confidence will skyrocket, allowing peace, joy and contentment to take the place of fear and regret in your life.