What’s the difference? Your life situation exists in time. It is mind stuff. Your life is now and is everything real.
When you narrow your awareness to just this moment, this space you are in, this room, this view—you find that here problems do not exist. Notice your breath. The way it feels to touch something. Notice the sounds around you, the textures, the colors. Recognize that there is nothing you are lacking in this moment and there is no challenge you cannot easily respond to. You feel your energy increase, your mood changes, and the light of inspiration begins to shine through. Now your energy has shifted toward life and away from mind activity.
Problems begin when you slip away from this state of presence. When you think about your life situation, what should have happened, what you hope will happen, what you want or what you need to do about this or that—then your focus shifts to thoughts, random mind activity, which causes anxiety and suffering. None of this stuff is real for anyone but you. It is only your dream. You are awake, but in truth sleepwalking. It is possible to awaken and begin to live fully in the only realm that is real: the now.
How? Simply notice every time your focus shifts to the past or future. Bring it back to the now. If you are driving to work, notice the trees or the bird flying by. Don’t hold onto it, just notice the continuous moment. If you are coming out of the elevator and walking to your desk, notice each step, each sound. If you are talking with a friend or colleague, pay attention to each gesture, each word. Even if you are discussing mind stuff, being present means seeing the essence of the person now—which is beyond the words, beyond the arguments, plans, worries and frustrations.
Awaken to the now. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.
Read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle