“Live here and now” is a famous expression that has not the most unambiguous interpretations. Some may believe that this is just a “cocktail of carelessness, unplannedness and total relaxation.” In fact, everything is completely different! “Live here and now” – it just sounds too simple, but in reality it requires a lot of practice. After all, it is really not easy – to be attentive every moment, to be aware of yourself and everything that surrounds you. Thoughts all the time run somewhere, stealing the opportunity to focus on the present. But if you continue persistent attempts, in the end this training will grow into a pleasant habit.
Test for “here and now”
I suggest a simple experiment. Right now, reading these lines, try to feel your body. It turns out? Try to analyze how often you are doing exactly what you are doing at one time or another? How often do you attend 100% where you are? In the language of psychology, the rule of the present moment is: “You need to enjoy the ice cream that lies on your plate,” and it is here and now. If you look superficially, it seems that the present moment is just one of many in our life. And every day of life looks like it consists of thousands of moments in which different things happen. But look deeper, isn’t all life — not “that very moment”?
Now this is the only place to escape from, the only so-called constant. No matter what happens, no matter how much our life changes, one thing remains the same: it always happens Now. And when our attention is transferred to the present moment, we seem to be ready to get out of sleep, consisting of thoughts about the past and the future. It turns out that all that needs to be done – Carpe diem, as Epicurus said, to seize the moment! Develop a sense of participation in life. Live at 100%. Often throw all the thoughts out of your head and focus on your feelings at the moment.
Enjoying the moment can be attributed to a kind of meditative component of human life. Try this practice of presence on yourself: inhale, exhale, be aware of your own body, its position in space, feel how the clothes touch your skin, how comfortable you are in the pose you are in. Look at everything that is happening around you at this moment, what tunes you currently hear. Become silent observers. Turn on your internal camcorder and watch another instant in slow motion. Remove the internal dialogue. Just feel yourself in the present moment.
Reality stuns, right? The experiences are very pleasant … but, unfortunately, not long. Within a few moments, uninvited thoughts are knocking. Only the duration of such experiences increases in proportion to the time of practice, as the “maestro of the present moment” Eckhart Tolle says.
As for yoga, “here and now” is a very important point, even the key one. It is as if the whole practice is strung on it, and not only spiritual, but also physical. We can say that this is the goal of absolutely any practice. You must have already noticed that it is not so difficult to be in a particular asana for a certain period of time, to perform this or that technique. It is much more difficult to live it completely, to be present in it, to remain absolutely conscious. And without this, unfortunately, yoga is no longer yoga, but a simple specific set of exercises.
4 golden rules of the moment
So, training your susceptibility to the present:
– Frequently charge positive thinking from Dale Carnegie: “It is today.”
– Try to turn off the internal dialogue.
– Ask yourself more often: where am I? In the present moment, or are my thoughts far?
– Develop all organs of perception at the same time: “Stop, look around, listen, or you can be late for life”, as the train from Romashkov said.
In this way, you will gradually acquire the skill of noticing many things that surround you. And your life will turn into a holiday in which there is nothing but a beautiful present!
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