A friend once said to me ‘be present’ and I just never understood what she meant. One day whilst taking a long drive, it was quiet in the car except for my texting on the phone. Again she said, “Why are you so absent?” And took my phone from me.
I had nothing to do anymore. As we silently drove for kilometers, I looked through the window and noticed the beautiful scenery alongside the road. There were beautiful mountains that stood high as gods to their territory, the loud silence of the place, beautiful forests, and here and there were wild flowers that showed off their beauty. With all that were the wild beasts enjoying their habitation. It was a world on its own, with its language. Nothing we, city slickers are accustomed to. As I continued to focus on this scenery, a sudden quietness from within, a sense of peace, came upon me, as if a burden has been removed off my shoulders.
The experience felt as this quotation from the book; ‘from Beer to Buddhas’
‘As I moved into this feeling I connected with nature and my consciousness expanded to the point where I realized we were all one and the silent place within me existed within everything, it was what joins us together, it is where we come from’.
My friend was encouraging me to ‘live in the now’, to be completely present at this very moment and I finally was. As Bill Keane puts it, ‘yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift of God’. When you allow yourself to live in the now, you allow the real time energy of God to flow through you and to you. You can easily hear the messages that Spirit has for you or possibly messages from the angels. Spirit once taught me that it is important to receive our ‘daily’ bread. He gave me an illustration and said, each day Heaven brings to us a code that should be downloaded in us. That code could be in the form of an answer to prayer or provision or maybe healing. Suppose the code from heaven is named ‘xxyz’, it has to find a matching request or appeal in the same form of ‘xxyz’. Unfortunately most of the time when the code is sent from heaven, it does not find its match. It might get an ‘xyxy’ or ‘xxxy’, which means the download cannot happen. So the code has to return back to heaven without it being downloaded.
**The implication is ‘an unanswered prayer or a need that has not been met.
Our ability to ‘live in the now’ allows us to hear God clearly, to walk with Him and to keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25). It takes practice to get used to living in the now. It takes a commitment to control your thoughts and to finally quiet your mind.
This may require you to consciously teach yourself that life does not happen in the future. Whatever could happen will only happen now. I have used these tactics to overcome this challenge for myself
I learnt to watch my thoughts. What I was thinking, where it was going and how it made me feel. As I watched my thoughts I did not like what I was seeing. I realized that my mind had the ability to go on a rampant, thinking negative thoughts and creating untruthful truths that made me feel horrible about my life. The things that I often thought about created worry and stress.
I realized that I have no ability to be here and there at the same time. I could not control my tomorrow but I certainly own my ‘now’ moment.
It also dawned to me that the future thinking was as a result of my fear of my unknown.
There are many things that are recommended to live in the now, and they certainly work. I have found these two to work for me every time.
Breathing deeply and consciously, 4 to five times. I prefer to do this with my eyes closed. When I open my eyes, I feel a shift, as if my world is suddenly new.
My second tip, which I believe is the best, is to be grateful for that particular moment. To consciously utter the words ‘I thank you’, I thank you for this moment. If you were perhaps lying down, utter thankfulness for the bed, the blankets, the home you have, the coffee next to your bed, the television set you are watching. This particular exercise centers me to connect with Spirit and realize the many blessings I have ‘NOW’!
- ‘I live in the ‘NOW’.