Practice present-moment awareness ~ The meaning you yearn for lives in the ever-present NOW.
Eckhart Tolle and Thich Nhat Hahn are two (of the many) spiritual teachers who have written extensively on the buddhist teaching of present moment awareness. This post includes some of their most popular quotes. (As well as Michael Singer, Swami Rama, and Osho).
Present moment AWARENESS is one of my daily goals….. I find it challenging to stay in the present moment when my mind either takes me back to replay a memory or scenario… or races into the future.
In my last post on MAGNIFICENCE, I wrote about the “voices in my head” that try to rob me of my presence. Sadly, most of the time they are successful.
However, the simple act of stopping and noticing the “voices in my head” is AWARENESS. Yes, it is that simple… and it is in that place that I know truth. The past is done and my memory of it is probably distorted anyway. The future is really unknown and ripe with possibility or fear of the unknown. Neither past or future thinking is helpful.
The only truth at this moment is that I am searching for words of wisdom to share at the same time a voice inside my head is offering a litany of reasons that I should just forget about writing today. So many negative thoughts and beliefs about myself.
[I am not the “voice in my head.” I am the one who is AWARE of the voice in my head. That feels better…….and I continue to write.]
Quotes that I have found helpful. Enjoy!
“As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action.”
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
“As you go deeper into yourself, you will naturally come to realize that there is an aspect of your being that is always there and never changes. This is your sense of awareness, your consciousness. It is this awareness that is aware of your thoughts, experiences the ebb and flow of your emotions, and receives your physical senses. – Michael Singer
“To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment.” -Thich Nhat Hahn
“The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.” – Thich Nhat Hahn
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” – Thich Nhat Hahn
Awareness is the greatest alchemy there is. Just go on becoming more and more aware, and you will find your life changing for the better in every possible dimension. It will bring great fulfillment. -Osho
Bring awareness to each act. Walking on the road, walk fully alert; eating, eat with awareness. Whatsoever you are doing, don’t let the past and the future interfere. Be in the present. That’s what awareness is all about.” – Osho
Do not allow yourself to suppress your thoughts. Instead, let the thoughts come before you and become a sort of observer. Start observing your own mind. Do not try to escape; do not be afraid of your thinking. – Swami Rama