What does 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.
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. This means acting with full focus and awareness of what you are doing.
In this sentence he 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 do it more efficiently.
You act while your attention is on the here and now. You don’t think of the past or of the future, but only on the now, on the present moment. With this state of mind, worries, and fears have no space in your mind. You are more alive and more happy.
Living in the present moment eliminates stray thoughts, worries and anxieties, 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 a kind of meditation that you can always practice, wherever you are, at any time and place.
The only time that exists is now.
The past has gone and you cannot live in it.
The future has not arrived yet.
Physically you can only live now, so why not live now mentally and emotionally too? This eliminates wasted time, unpleasant emotions and painful memorizes from the past.
If you strive to focus on the present, on what you are doing now, you become happier, and feel free and light.
A Few More Quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh
“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
“We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.”
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”
“It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.”
“Many of us have been running all our lives. Practice stopping.”
“To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you.”