Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Be present

What does it mean to be present to our lives? We have been habituated to passing through our life with little or no presence. Yes, we are aware of the things; we can focus on things and direct our attention to details or panoramas. But to be present means something more: it means to be aware of the external world in which one is acting and simultaneously observes how one’s inner world is stimulated by the external world.

One comes to understand that without presence there is no real life, only an imaginary life. Presence is divine. It is the divine spark that brings us to that Great Pearl, our Higher Self.

I want to use my past experiences to help me in the future, but not for the past memories to weigh me down. Live as if Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Most of the people have lived for the most part of their lives either reflecting on the past, attempting not to repeat mistakes OR telescoping to the future in a vain effort to make the right decisions. And the irony is most of the time we are unaware and not even present to this fact.

When the present moment gets uncomfortable, scary or dull, we tend to move either in the past or future. Without knowing that if we want to make future better right now is the time to sow the right seeds for it and nurture them in the best possibly techniques. We have to be energetic and enthusiastic for the future right now otherwise don’t expect a better tomorrow, where shall it come from??

But more importantly, being present is undoubtedly the only way to enjoy life to the fullest. By being mindful, we enjoy our food more, we enjoy friends and family more, we enjoy anything we’re doing more. Anything. Even things you might think are drudgery or boring, such as housework, can be amazing if you are truly present. Try it — wash dishes or sweep or cook, and remain fully present.

Let us be present today. Today appreciate what is around you, it may not be there tomorrow, choose to gravitate in your field right now. Take pleasure in the simple things (keep your senses engrossed in them) Practice surrender/detachment (accept what IS, not what SHOULD be), use the Power of Now. Being able to live in the present is a great feeling! I didn't realize how stressed I was before and how unhappy! Today, I enjoy just being.

I remember a story about Gandhi ; He was asked by a reporter if you had 25 words to tell people how to live a happy life What would you say? Gandhi said, "You only need 3 words, Live Life Now."

Have you ever experienced anything done outside the present? The answer is absolutely not. Nothing ever happened in the past it happened in the present, nothing ever will happen in the future, it shall happen only in the present- that is the power of present.

There exists only the present instant... a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence.

My past was imperfect, my future is uncertain, but my present is just as it has to be- it is JUST perfect. You can learn from the past and prepare for the future but do not forget to enjoy the present, as it is the one which is the most precious. Be present (stay) in the present (right now) as it is a present (gift) to you, to make you happy and complete.

Be with the present, be with yourself (learn to enjoy your own company), and Be Happy. As we have just enough to be Happy, As we know just enough to be Happy.


  1. lalit kumar " past always reflects in our present. what we are doing today will be our past tommorrow.whatever we do in our present is a learning which help us to make our decision in our future.what we are doing good toady is the result of what we have done good or bad in our past.and future is outcome of what we are doing in our present. but i agree that there is only present to do something. we can't do anything in past or future. but they exists. "

    lalit kumar @ Linkedin
    Owner, Infocore technologies
    Location: Jalandhar Area, India

  2. Kamal Nagpal @ Linkedin

    " Yes we are the creators our own destinies."

    Kamal Nagpal,
    Owner, global consultancy
    Location: Amritsar Area, India