You might have wondered what it means to live in the present moment.
The following quote, by Thich Nhat Hanh, describes clearly and in simple words, what it means to live in the present, in the actual moment.
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.”
What does Thich Nhat Hanh words mean?
He speaks about drinking tea, but his words can be applied to every other situation in life. He speaks about acting slowly, with no hurry, as if what you are doing is the most important thing.
These words speak about patience, inner peace, attention, focus and self-discipline. This is the way to live more consciously and more fully, and to find joy in whatever you do.
Acting in this way takes out boredom and drudgery from of every act, because you are fully focused on what you are doing. When you are fully focused on what you are doing, you do fewer mistakes, and have more chances of success.
Living in the moment eliminates unnecessary thoughts and worries, and brings you self-mastery and inner peace.
Focusing on what you are doing at the moment, and living solely in this moment, as if what you are doing is the most important thing in the world, resembles a meditation. It is something you can always practice, at any time and place.
The mind is always busy with nonstop chatter, negative thoughts, and futile inner conversations that prevent focus, clear thinking and inner peace. You can quiet down this restless activity, and this book will show you how.