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Love lives the moment; it’s neither lost in yesterday nor does it crave for tomorrow. Love is Now! (Leo Buscaglia)
Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.
Your physical body is the only part of you that is really here-now. So when upset, you can return to the here-now by getting into your body. This may be through movement like dance or by noticing your breathing and deepening it. (Based on a workshop comment)
Try Living in the Moment There’s a saying (incorrectly attributed to Lao Tzu) that goes, “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
So many of our negative emotions and unstable energy states come from not living in the present moment. The past gives us regret over things that we did or did not do, while the future gives us worries over things that may or may not happen.
We can’t change the past and we can’t live in the future until it becomes the present. Focusing on what’s happening right now will help us find that place of calmness. It’s what our dogs do naturally, and it’s one of the greatest lessons we can learn from them. (Cesar Millan, posted 2 July 2014, accessed 6 July 2014)
Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn: Keep your concentration here and now where it belongs.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: But Master Yoda said I should be mindful of the future.
Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn: But not at the expense of the moment. Be mindful of the living Force, young Padawan.
(Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn talking to his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace, 3m8s)
Live one day at a time and make it a masterpiece. (Dalai Lama)
Do something now that will make the person you'll be tomorrow proud to have been the person you are today. (Oprah Winfrey)
Don’t dwell on the past, but don’t forget where you came from. We can’t change the past. Rather than dwell, we must come to terms with what we’ve done, who we’ve hurt, or what we didn’t do. It’s important to stay connected to who we once were. That way, you can see your progress and be inspired to keep on going. People who know you will see you evolve. (Michael Urbina, #57, posted 26 July 2013, accessed 28 November 2013)
I think one of the things about us is that we are capable, or will be eventually capable, of being able to sense the whole of our evolutionary patterns. The more a person sees into the future and the past, the more they tend to live in the present moment. Then, everything that is happening is for them a great wonder, and the past and the future assume for them less importance. When you can live fully in the moment, it does mean that you have worked things out and you are more balanced. Otherwise, you would worry about your future, or become possessed with your past - instead of creating the best for each moment. People like that tend to live a long time. (Lilla Bek, Elementals, track #2, 7m33s; excerpt)
What we do today is what matters most. (Buddha)
You pile up enough tomorrows and you'll be left with nothing but a bunch of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering. (Meredith Wilson)
We tend to live either in the past or the future - very seldom do we live in the present. If we could live in the present moment, we would be more relaxed. (Lilla Bek, How to Stay Healthy, track #2, 15m9s; excerpt)
One of the keys to learning for me has been to not get so hung up on the past. It’s important to remember the past, but that doesn’t mean you have to torture yourself with it by reliving it every single day. (Georges St-Pierre)
So many men and women take shelter in the future because they cannot bear the present! But they gain nothing from doing so, for some day or other they will just have to face facts: since the future they imagined has no solid basis, what they will discover is emptiness and anxiety. Why not begin by living well today, when there are so many things to taste, see, appreciate and consider? But in order to live in the present moment, they must learn to stop, to pause, and no longer allow themselves to be carried along by the succession of events and the inner states that these create. Of course, life is a continuous flow, but you have to find the way to stop for a moment so as to bring some inner order and attune yourself to more harmonious rhythms. And this is why meditation is so essential. To meditate is to slow down the headlong march of time so as to introduce an inner rhythm, peace and light which will leave their imprint for a long time to come. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Each day we are born again to start our life anew. What we do today is what matters most. (Buddha)
Don't wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect. (Aryn Kyle)
Do your best to live today well, for tomorrow does not yet exist, and by worrying about it, it is as if you are throwing your energies into empty space. It is today you must work on, for today does not die; it just gets longer, until it becomes tomorrow. Jesus said, ‘Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.’ This tells us we have to meditate on the idea of duration, of continuity. A chain maker has to check each link for strength, for if a single link is weak and breaks it makes no difference that the others are holding fast – the whole chain is broken. So we must live each day according to the divine laws and make this day into a strong link so that the chain does not break. Today is a new link that must be added to the others, and it is this link we must concentrate on. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Happiness is embracing each moment by bringing all your concentration to bear on whatever it is you're doing, from kissing to reading to washing dishes. ('Are You Afraid of Being Happy' article, Cosmopolitan [RSA edition] Vol 17 No 8 October 2000 p.125)
Somewhere deep inside, we all still long to chase butterflies, dance in flower beds, and sing to the stars. Take time today to celebrate the child inside.
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. (Omar Khayyam)
I used to say to myself, although you’re in restricted and limiting circumstances, and you’ve no idea whether you’re going to be out tomorrow, whether you’re going to be out in five years, whether you’re going to die in this place, remember one thing: This is your life now. Not tomorrow, not yesterday, now. And in this moment, don’t be defeated.
(Terry Waite, held as hostage by terrorists for five years, much of it in solitary confinement, BBC, 1m50s, posted 24 January 2019, accessed 5 February 2019)
In order to understand the importance of the present day, we must act as if it were our last. Some may say it's awful to keep thinking of death in that way. Well, it isn't. Thinking of each day as if it were your last does not drive you towards death, but towards life. No, the ones walking towards death are those who behave in a superficial, careless way while continuing to hope for a better future. Yes, they are squandering their life. When the wise tell us we must live each day as if it was our last, they say it so we will do our best to make today more useful, more beautiful and more precious. It is not that you really believe it is your last day; you are merely using the idea as a teaching method for living today more fully.
You have a minute here, an hour there, a day perhaps. This minute, hour or day is yours to create your future. Before the future, your true future as the son or daughter of God, can appear in all its splendour, it waits for you to learn all your lessons from the past. But it is alive and moving, and it is already here since you are creating it. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
On Living in the Now It’s so simple. When you hold onto stuff, it weighs you down, pulls you to live in the past. When you let go, you’re empty. When you’re empty, you’re free to be in the now. In the Now you realize the Truth. The truth is that it is so simple. Realization happens in an instant. So drop everything, all the baggage, all the stuff – and be in the now. (Adapted from Mirabai Devi, Samadhi, p.23)
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