A New Way to Understand Living in the Moment
I’m sure you’ve heard people tell you that you should live in the moment. However, this just seems to be a phrase that’s repeated to encourage the doing of whatever it is you want. It took me many years to grasp the full meaning behind it, and it is my hope that you understand the meaning behind it. If not, that is fine. I will be sharing an interesting take on living in the moment in this post so that you may grasp that now is the only time that we have.
Try to remember a past experience in your life. For example, I can recall a time in 9th grade where I competed in my first marching band competition. In order to bring myself to that moment or even have any connection to the me that is in the story, I have to rebuild the details. I think about the routines, weather, people, energy, and visuals leading up to this competition performance. In doing so, I try to remember my feelings and excitement during this time. With all of this being done, I’ve only created a mere photo book memory of this time in my life. It can never compare to the actual moment, nor can I ever fully embed myself in that memory. Now try and go back to yourself merely 5 seconds ago. The same applies. You cannot fully bring yourself into that moment, only recall key details. This idea applies to any amount of time in the past or future. When trying to embody a future self or experience you will notice the same qualities as when trying to embody a past self. This leaves us with right now. You can also think about past and future tense phrases. I was and I will are disconnected. However, I am has a certain power and truth to it.
In each passing instant, you are experiencing the great wonder which is life. Right now, is the only moment that we are actually able to experience. This starts to crumble the idea of there being a past or future, as you literally only live in one never ending moment. Now why is this important?
In understanding this concept, you embrace the power to utilize the moment. Instead of viewing your life as a consequence of past actions or a build up to future fulfillment, you view it as an expression of now. Let me make this idea a little more tangible. When you disregard the moment just as a passing thing with no true value but to provide for a future moment, you throw away life. When you understand that the moment is all there is, you come into your senses. You start to make use of each of these infinite moments. Instead of sleep walking through life, you open your eyes for the first time. You start to appreciate all of the beauty surrounding you all the time. You can come into your body and feel the energy you possess in that moment. You can connect with the person you are with on a more intimate level. This adds quality to you life. It’s so easy to go through the motions and ignore the vastness of life. Let’s try and challenge ourselves to do a little more than that. We’ve got one chance to do this thing right; this is not a dress rehearsal. Let’s live a life full of quality.
As often as possible, try to come into your senses and experience as much life in one moment as possible. I say to come into your senses, because this is the most fundamental and applicable method of living in the moment. So this means to really smell, listen, taste, feel, and see whats happening. To be an active observer of life, not a passive traveler. When you look in the mirror, really look at and appreciate yourself. When speak with your significant other, don’t just nod your head in passive agreement. Listen to what they are really saying, and where it is coming from. When you are walking outside for whatever reason, look around. Feel the sun on your skin.