Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Here And Now

Recently when we bought a new professional camera and were busy clicking pictures of all that is beautiful and exciting around us, I realized the importance of here and now. I could actually see that the world is so beautiful just right now and just around me at this particular point in space and time. Whereas most of the time, most of us live thinking about either some gone by beautiful past or some imaginary beautiful future which is yet to come, forgetting and rather ignoring what all is so beautiful, right here right now. We prefer to live in THERE and THEN, rather than HERE and NOW. But LIFE is only HERE and NOW.

Why do so many personal development experts or 'gurus' place so much emphasis on the here and now? I realized earlier I was living in a constant state of anticipation - I was never actually enjoying the moment or savoring where I was'. Always focused on the future as present would not measure up to my idea about how I want to live my life. Life is in this present moment and if at present, we find our self in a place in our life that we want to get out of, then how shall we live and be happy in life?

Where life is, it is here right now, where you are now. Life can only be lived in the here and now. Sure, we might be striving towards future objectives, but those goals will only be achieved if we do our very best right here, right now. On the other side if we are constantly focused on the past - deeply engrossed in our 'stored knowledge' - the things that impressed us most about life THEN and we are taking most of our decisions based on that stored little knowledge, ignoring the most important facts about the PRESENT, then How can we progress?

More importantly we also develop our own self-image based on the past, our formative years. Because our obsession with the past is constant and because it happens subconsciously, we are completely unaware of this constant backward focus. And yet it is this constant obsession that is the key player in our lives. It's that 'stored knowledge' that dictates the way we feel about ourselves. It is the resultant self-image that dictates the way we act or react - and it is our behavior that determines how we relate to others, how we rise to life's challenges or how, more normally, we simply muddle through each normal day. This self-'knowledge' runs our lives. This depletes the greater part of our mental energy and as a consequence, our current behavior becomes impaired, counter-productive and even self-sabotaging.

The key point to realize is that we, as normal people, can never do our best whilst looking backwards - however, our default settings tell us to constantly look backward. Can you drive your car by looking in the rear view mirror?? Forget about driving, can we even walk looking behind? But that is how we normally drive the vehicle of our LIFE!! And when the accident occurs we are ready to blame the rest of the world around us.

Past and future and far-away places are not ultimate realities; they are instead useful concepts that help us make sense out of our present experiences. The present does not derive its importance from its place in history; instead history itself derives its importance from the present.

The future which we plan for our selves, for it to become a reality and our PRESENT, we need to live in the present taking assistance, help and guidance from God, helping us to achieve our planned future. When we are in here and now, we shall be able to see and hear the God send angels to us, whom we can meet and talk with, only in the present. It is then the miracles happen and our planned future becomes a reality. Have you ever met your God send angel? They are the people like you and me, who meet us in the PRESENT, just at the right time and right place, to make our FUTURE better.

Now how to live in the present? People might say is it a joke we are living in the present!! Of course I agree we are living in the present but we are physically living in the present mentally we are either in the past or future. So to actually live in the present we have to control our mind, our thoughts, which would again try to change the focus, and take you in THERE and THEN instead of focusing on HERE and NOW.

But imagine how much more free we shall be if we have freed our mind from the past and future. We feel much better, freer with loads of additional internal energy to perform better in the present. By focusing in HERE and NOW, I myself could enjoy my food much better, with so much more taste and flavor in it. I could breathe and feel more oxygen in the air around me. Trust me it is to be experienced, and put to the practice in order to feel the difference.

Let us not shrink our soul by limiting ourselves to the little knowledge and little world of our past, world is much more and much beyond that, let us give an opportunity to God, to send us His angels who are waiting to make our future much better and brighter. He is waiting to shower His blessings on us, we have to welcome them in our life by seeing it here right now in our PRESENT. Let us not take our present for granted.

15 comments:

  1. Sonia ,
    Remembering the PAST and giving thought to the FUTURE are important, but only to the extent that they help ...
    Sog

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  2. S.k. Sharma, Pankaj Gautam, Nirmal Kumari Sharma, Satish Wadhwa and Shobha Malhotra like this @ Facebook.

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  3. yes till it helps it is good, but if it brings hindrance or curse affecting the present in a negative way, and rather recreating the bad past in a similar fashion in the present, then one needs to think.

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  4. I really enjoyed reading the post.In between ,I kept questioning "How can I live in present ,when it's always related to either past or future',but later as I read through even I realized that as you said ,we are much happy when we live in the present.Coincidently ,for now ,I am living in the present and enjoying the bliss of life,but when a tension or distress strikes ,I again feel depressed and start back the same recalling of the past.

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  6. Rajji, it requires practice, be patient and slow but continue the focus on right now.

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  7. Deepak Pillai @ Linkedin
    Merchandising Services at 'The Nielsen Company'
    Mumbai, India

    "Hi Sonia,
    I have been a huge fan of your postings and always followed them.

    cheers!
    Deepak"

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  9. Neeles Sharma @ Linkedin
    MANAGER (PROJECTS) at BERGEN SOLAR POWER AND ENERGY LIMITED
    Gurgaon, India

    "nice post Sonia"

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  10. Interesting post.

    Following from MBC.

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  11. Ajay Jain, like this @ Linkedin

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  12. Neeles Sharma @ Linkedin
    MANAGER (PROJECTS) at BERGEN SOLAR POWER AND ENERGY LIMITED
    Gurgaon, India

    "nice post Sonia"

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  13. Past is like a good teacher,present is a good friend and future is a loving spouse and everyone need them all.

    Sonia,

    your blogs are always special.

    Rakesh

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