What time is it? It’s always NOW.
Below are 4 lessons I learned from living in the “Now,” my #OneWord2015.
On Tuesday, December 15, I’ll share 3 steps from these lessons to help us choose a new #OneWord2016.
4 LESSONS ON NOW
1. ACCEPT THIS MOMENT
You don’t have to understand the whole thing; just accept this piece of your situation. This one step, not the next 99 steps. Pay full attention to life as it is. Be present to it without creating stories around it.
Yield to circumstances; offer no resistance to life. Resistance is weakness. Vulnerability is strength. Complaining makes you a victim. All you have to cope with is this moment. Give up waiting. Give your full attention to now.
- Are we scared of the wrong things? Welcome whatever comes to you today.
- Frame the moment to last. Celebrate THIS moment. Frame it properly to keep it.
- Can you be quiet? Be still and just be.
- What is God doing now? Linger here; God’s timing is perfect.
2. DON’T ATTACH TO YOUR MIND
Observe attachments to your own opinions and thoughts. Then let them go. Don’t be trapped by your mind; just observe it. Be as interested in your reactions to a situation as the situation itself.
You are not your ego. You are not your thoughts. Don’t judge them too seriously. Listen to the voice in your head, but don’t become it.
- Don’t believe everything you think. Excerpts from A Guide to the Present Moment.
- Fasting or feasting? Fast from the present to feast in the now.
- Who will open the door next? People pass through our lives quickly.
3. LET GO OF TIME – THE PAST AND FUTURE
When unneeded, withdraw attention from the past and the future to stay in the present. Surrender to the pain and pleasure now, not a fixed outcome that it will be this way forever.
It’s always now and never the future. Time is an illusion. This moment is the only one we ever have. This is where God is most present.
Living too much in the past can cause guilt or sadness. Living too much in the future can cause anxiety or fear. Time is the root of suffering when there’s not enough presence.
- There is power in a place. Memories from the past live on in us now.
- Be today who you want to be forever. Work on your present-self to become your future-self.
- What time is it? Now. Use the past and future wisely.
- A blessing for now. This happens when you pray for better tomorrows.
4. GIVE UP RESULTS – ENJOY GRACE NOW
Release fixating on outcomes and give attention to the journey. Let “here” be enough. Wherever you are, but there totally. Is there something lacking in this moment? Then leave it, change it, or accept it.
You can’t always be happy, but you can always be at peace. Forgive the past for any pain; forgive the future for its uncertainty.
Whatever is in this present moment, accept it as if you chose it. Work with it, not against it.
- How to handle anxiety. Find grace in today.
- Is reading the Bible worth it? God stays the same every day.
- God is most present in this moment. Let the in-between moments be enough.
- Are you a new one? Mercy is new every day. So are we.
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More here on “5 Ways to Stay in the Now” and excerpts from Eckhart Tolle’s, The Power of Now
Is it easy or hard for you to stay in the moment? What helps you stay present? Please share in the comments.
Tomorrow: “3 Steps in Choosing One Word for 2016”
- Where is God’s presence now?
- Top 10 Books from 2015 (+ a few extra)