Meditations on the Present

By Jin-yeong Yi

“As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out of present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action.”

—Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

Treasure the present. Deal with what is in front of you. It does not do you any good to run away from your work, whether it is your schoolwork or your job. Know what you have to do—and do it. No matter how dissatisfied you may be with the present, that is the only time in which you have a chance at influencing the future for the better.
It is always now or never. Never miss an opportunity to make the best of the time you have.

The present is like sand flowing between your fingers. Make the most of it while you can.

If you are often occupied with thoughts of the future, you may often be hasty and restless, and that may be because you are constantly feeling like you need to be somewhere other than where you are right now.

What’s most important is not where you were and what you did in the past or where you will be and what you will do in the future, but where you are and what you are doing in the present.

Embrace the here and now, and almost miraculously all prospects of all of the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, and decades ahead of you fall away, ceasing to be a burden on your spirit. There is no longer anything to wait for. All that remains is what is right in front of you. No longer do you have to fearfully or impatiently anticipate some unspecific point in the future, and no longer do you have to use the now as a mere stepping stone to the later. You are no longer endlessly chasing after the future; you let it come to you at its own pace. If you realize that your journey can be your destination, that your destination can be the here and now, at which you’ve already arrived, you will never have to wait another moment in your life. Embrace the here and now in its totality, and your entire future opens up before you in an unbroken stream of experience.

Living solely in the present is not only unfeasible, but impractical as well. So is living solely in the past or the future. It makes more sense to live in the past, present, and future simultaneously, learning, advancing, and preparing.

It is never past or future; it is always present. Only the present is real.


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