This post, ‘How To Stay Present Even When You Feel Like You Can’t’ has been reblogged from my article on MindBodyGreen.
If I had a dollar for every time someone has mentioned Eckhart Tolle’s The Power Of Now recently, I’d be buying every MindBodyGreen reader a big green smoothie with it. So I took the hint and read it. Well … I say that I read it, but it actually took me a few attempts to really appreciate what the amazing Mr. Tolle says.
Why did it take me so long? Because living in the present, or the “now,” is an incredibly foreign concept for many of us. We’re already here, so how can we not be in the now?
How are we supposed to stop and think about exactly what’s happening in this moment? I’ve got so much to do this afternoon. I haven’t cleared out my inbox for weeks. I’m worried about how I’m going to be able squeeze it all in. I should probably stop by the chemist on the way home and pick up some sunscreen … and maybe some extra toothpaste, just in case. I’ll get something for dinner tonight as well. Curry again? But we had that on Sunday. Anyway, I suppose I should probably get this email over with first. God, my job is boring. Right … let’s get on with it.
Our brains race from one thought to another, and if you analyse them very carefully, only a few of them are actually focused on the present moment. Most of them have either a step in the past or the future.
But moving into the true present is addictive. For me, it feels like falling into some kind of crazy vacuum — you become so sucked into the present that the past and the future become impossible to contemplate. You know this feeling if you’ve ever had it, and it’s completely irresistible and addictive.
So how do you do it? Here are five ways to remain in and love the Now:
1. Realize that the now is all we have.
2. Realize that you can’t predict anything, even if it makes you feel better.
3. Meditation, meditation, meditation, practicing mediation, more meditation.
4. Accept your thoughts and tendencies and work with them.
5. Follow your passion.
There’s nothing better than that feeling of being completely engrossed in what you’re doing. That, my friends, is the now. That’s why what you’re doing feels so good. Make time for your hobbies and passions — write them in your diary and make sure you feed your soul with them. Recognise the feeling of complete presence as you do it and learn to incorporate that feeling more and more into your every day life.
If you still need more inspiration, let me encourage you to think about this quotation from Eckhart Tolle himself — in the present of course:
“Nothing has happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.”
Love, Katie xxx
I love this! I have not read Eckart Tolle, but the philosophy (from all I hear about it) is one and the same with mindfulness, of which I am a HUGE advocate. Presence and acceptance – those two concepts and actions have helped me to survive some of my lowest lows when contemplating the next hours seemed too daunting – just bringing myself back to THIS moment and accepting whatever experience I am having in this moment. As you say, the idea is simple, but the carry through is challenging and needs to be practiced over and over again.
Hmm… I think I will be making time to meditate today
Meditating sounds like an amazing idea- go for it! Thank you my lovely! x