The Present Moment = Life



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Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

– Buddha

I happen to one of those people whose natural inclination is to focus far more on the future than the present. You might be the same. Or perhaps you tend to focus on the past. Neither the future nor the past deserves much of our attention. This attention deserves to be focused so much more on the present moment. 

Life is the present moment.

The past is only contained in our memories, which are fallible as well as coloured by perceptions and prejudices. The future is merely a figment of our imagination, intentional or unintentional daydreaming. 

Neither the past nor the future actually exists. The only thing that exists is the present. When we are busy dwelling on the past or planning the future, the present moment – the life itself- keeps flowing through time like grains of sand. 

The present is where you are, so focus on being here completely with not just your body, but your mind and the heart. The present is where you are living. This is when you are alive. Past has already happened, and the future will never arrive. Therefore, start appreciating the NOW.

It is difficult. It’s hard to stick to the present moment when you want to interrogate the past, or plan the future. But some things – no matter how difficult – are worth the effort, because they can transform your life. 

The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.

– Eckhart Tolle

When we spend time on the past or the present, we are not actually doing anything. We are not performing any action. We are merely wasting time. If we spend that energy on the present, doing something constructive with the present moment, then we are doing something tangible. We are taking one small step that could change our life. When we commit fully to the present moment, we are living. 

Isn’t that what the life is for? To live? 

The present moment is the life. It is all we have. So focus on your now. Now is the only thing you have. Now is your path to creating a better future, and now is your path to celebrating or overcoming your past. 


Think about whether your natural inclination is to focus on the past, present or the future. If it is not the present, then take steps to actively change so that you can start living in the now.