“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”
“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
“Nothing has happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.”
Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now
If this moment is all there is, if there is no past or future in any meaningful sense, other than as concepts, if life is truly no more than a continuing series of present moments, if all this is true, what then does it mean?
How would I live my life if I truly believed this (belief manifested by actions, thoughts, and words)?
How would I behave at work? With the people I love? In traffic? While in line at the bank or the grocery store?
Would I stop judging people?
What would my spiritual life be like?
If I lived as if this moment were truly all there is, how would I be?
How would I choose to spend my time?
Would life be more of a game to be played rather than an ordeal to be endured?
Would I set goals, not because I think their attainment would make me happy or successful (whatever those words mean), but simply for the enjoyment of reaching them?
If each moment were all there was, wouldn’t that make most, if not all, of my problems meaningless?
Would I make certain changes, not out of anger, fear, or hatred, but simply because they were better choices?
What if I never complained about, resented, or regretted even one moment of the past, no matter how distant or recent?
What if I either dealt with, let go of, or completely accepted anything that was bothering me?
What if I stopped believing in the future, especially the unhappy imaginary ones? Wouldn’t that end most, if not all, of my fears?
What would it feel like to live without fear?
Can I discipline myself to live like this?
Wouldn’t it make me more loving?
Wouldn’t it be nice to accept and love people wherever they are, while still encouraging them to work towards their own growth?
Would I be more peaceful?
Would I be a better person?
Would I make a positive difference without even trying?
Would I feel God’s presence as the rule and not the exception?
Would I Get Started and Keep Going…just because it was more fun?
I hope to find out.