Ken Keyes Jr., in his book ‘Handbook to Higher Consciousness’, says this about living in the ‘here and now’…
“l always remember that I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now — unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or the imagined future.”
Living in the here and now is a very good concept to contemplate, because it helps us to change our perspective of the world for the better. If you live in the here and now instead of in the past or in the future, then you can truly embrace what is happening to you in this moment and live a life that is not dominated by expectations, regrets, or disappointment.
Of course, this does not mean that you should not plan for the future or set goals for yourself. Both of these are essential to success. What this does mean, however, is that you should not let what has happened in the past or what may happen in the future ruin the moment that you are in right now.
Where are you at this present moment? What are you doing? Who are you with? What sensations are you feeling? What thoughts are you thinking? These are all things that are happening right now, but if you spend too much of your thinking time in the past or the future, you will end up missing out on what the here and now has to offer you.
Enjoying This Moment
A lot of the time, we fail to recognize how amazing every moment is. When we are in a hurry to get to work, it can be easy to overlook how good the sunshine feels. When we are experiencing conflict with another person, it can be easy to miss out on something as simple as a clean, fresh-smelling room or a gentle breeze. When we are busy feeling negatively about something that happened yesterday, it can become very easy to underappreciate the friends, co-workers, and family members around us now.
Try to think of every moment as a huge opportunity in which you are given all that you need for happiness and contentment. This is admittedly very difficult sometimes, but getting into this thought process can have innumerable and incredible benefits. So, take a few seconds to simply enjoy the moment before you get into your car, start work, or walk into that restaurant. Learn to notice the good things that are happening now, because once they happen and go unnoticed, there is a very good chance that you will not have the opportunity to appreciate that moment again in the future.