According metaphysics now is the only thing we can do anything about. We can change what we want now and under the right conditions it will come to pass.
But how do we know this is the now? It could be star date 7444, and were just thinking back. I know of a book called The Power of Now. I don't have time to read it. Thank God I'm busy these days.
If this is the now how do I stay in it most of the time.
I've also read Eckhart's Power of Now. Great book. Part of my answer will probably come from that book. Here's the thing, you DON'T know you're the now. It's impossible because.. you can only live in the now. When people say "stop living in the past", it's really your mind that's thinking back about memories...
You may not know 100% if you're living in the NOW, but you can tell if you're living in the past (clinging/reliving on the past memories) or the future (clinging on dreams and goals far from your grasp).
Look at mother nature. We can agree that it lives in the now right? Do you think it cares about past memories or the future? Does the seed grow because it has a "goal" of being a big tree? (I remember this from the book) No. It's growing naturally because it's living in the now, natural and flexible. Live with nature, I believe you'll just naturally just live in the now without needing to read books or anything... just like nature itself!
I've been having quite a lot of coincidences lately. The book I have been currently reading at a slow and steady pace for the last month or so just happens to be called "The Power of Now."
It's funny because I've had a lot of everyday average things in my life answered recently just by reading this book. Almost every paragraph has some type of definition of the "Now" moment.
For instance, I'll copy the following section that I left off from last. I was just about to read this part so I didn't scan through the book for something good, this was the next part I was about to read.
Even if it was star date 7444, you would still be in the Now moment at the time you were thinking back. It's as simple as not being in the future or the past in your mind. If you are looking at a tree in this very moment and enjoying all the aspects of the beautiful tree with nothing else swirling around in your head, that is the now moment.
Realizing that it's always now is one of the most self-empowering things you can do for yourself. The beauty of training your mind to be aware of and to recognize the now moment is that you don't need any special teachers or tools to help you to remember to stay focused in the present; you only need to use your own mind and that's available to you 24/7 :)
In the beginning it can be difficult to stay focused in the present moment, due to our habit of thinking about the past, including past regret concerning 'how things might have been.' and thinking of the future, including worry and doubt (fear) about 'how things will be.' The important thing to remember here is that that kind of thinking is habitual. Once you recognize your habit of thought and you actually want to and intend to change it, you can :)
The place to start is by recognizing and thus realizing that whenever and wherever you are, it is now. Whenever you ask someone: ‘do you know the time?’ or you look at your watch to find out what time it is, remind yourself that while it may be Monday at 3pm or Friday at 7am it’s still now. In other words it’s not not now; there will never be a time nor a place when it’s not now.
The above paragraph should be enough for you to realize that you are and we all are, always in the now. So really, once we’ve remembered this fact, then we naturally desire to stay focused in the now moment more often, to actually be present.
Think of it this way: if your awareness is anywhere other than in the present, and all of the things, places and people that you desire to experience only exist in the present; then you’re out of sync with that which you say you desire. Put another way: if in your mind, you are anywhere other than in the present, then all of the things you’ve previously asked for, which can only be found in the present, will remain invisible to you.
And then you’ll continue to doubt whatever manifesting process you’re using and perhaps criticize and blame it’s author and all the while, your presents are right there in front of you; in the present! Make sense?
So the way to stay more focused in the present moment of now, is simply to train your mind to notice the now moment that’s in front of you at all times and in all places. It’s really that simple :)
I’ll leave you with a mantra that came through to me a couple of years ago. I often use it as a re-minder to be aware that it's always now:
Notice Me – I’m Always There – Every When – Every Where
PS. Here are a few authors/teachers/people that I’m aware of, who talk about presence:
answered 11 Feb '12, 01:21
How do you know “this” is the now? Consider that consciousness cannot exist in the past or in the future. It can only exist in “this moment”, but only always. In fact the past and the future can only exist within consciousness and never the other way around. Yes, ones consciousness can be filled with the past by focusing on a past event so completely that you lose awareness of the present. We’ve all had those moments when we find ourselves staring off in the distance completely lost in a thought of another time. But even then, know this… you can only do that “right now”. You can’t ponder the past 5 minutes ago. You can’t imagine the future 5 minutes from now. Neither actually exists. The past and the future are really just mental concepts held in place by memory or imagination, both of which only exist within consciousness. No matter what impressions of the past or the future you fill your consciousness with, you can only do that right now. And even if you question if this is “the now” or another time, you can only ask that question… right now, in this moment.
You want to go further? I’ll take a chance here.
“Now”, consider that consciousness has no dimensions. It’s much like space. Either is only defined by the objects that exist within them. The walls around you define the space your body occupies. Remove the walls and how big is that space now? Same space, unlimited size. Even your body exists in this dimensionless space and is “perceived” by your dimensionless consciousness. Remove all objects totally from consciousness or from space, and all you have left is “Infinity”. No points of reference, no dimensions and… TADA! No Time. Nothing but awareness in the present moment… but only always.
answered 10 Feb '12, 20:18
you always are. The past is a memory, the future is a longing or wish, now here because u feel it, u are in it always. ( yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that is why it is called the present ) ;-)
love n light,
answered 11 Feb '12, 17:20
TReb Bor yit-NE
it may be that the now
while learning to negotiate
then in school while daydreaming
where is it that we focus
answered 11 Feb '12, 07:27
Look at the last question of the book ;-).
It's like being in love, you feel it, you know it. It's not a thing you can think about.
answered 12 Feb '12, 11:07
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