Understand the Power of Now: 3 simple steps to embrace the moment

If you’ve taken a yoga class you might have been asked to “stay present.” What on earth does that mean, you wonder. If you’re here, aren’t you “present”?

Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, in his now-classic, bestselling book, The Power of Now, attempts to break it down for us. He suggests that being fully present, or living with joy, means to be absorbed in this very moment – without thoughts rattling around in our heads. Tolle says we exist in our purest state beneath the frantic chatter of the conscious, ego-driven mind.

If you’ve ever been in an emergency where you felt supercharged, and responded instantly with a startling clarity of action – you’ve entered the state that Tolle believes is our natural mode of being. But how do you stop the chatter in your head that blocks this pure state of mind? With so much to do and think about all the time, we need to learn to quiet the compulsive thinking of the mind.

Below are three simple steps to help you get in touch with your natural state of mind – without the chatter. In other words, it’s how you tap into The Power of Now.

Thought for the Day

Always aim higher than you believe you can reach. So often, you’ll discover that when your talents are set free by your imagination, you can achieve any goal.

If people offer their help or wisdom as you go through life, accept it gratefully. You can learn much from those who have gone before you. But never be afraid or hesitant to step off the accepted path and head off in your own direction if your heart tells you that it’s the right way for you.

Always believe that you will ultimately succeed at whatever you do, and never forget the value of persistence, discipline, and determination.

You are meant to be whatever you dream of becoming.

Edmund O’Neill

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Thought for Thursday

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

James Matthew Barrie

Thought for Thursday

“Life is the coexistence of all opposite values. Joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, up and down, hot and cold, here and there, light and darkness, birth and death. All experience is by contrast, and one would be meaningless without the other.”
— Deepak Chopra

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The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for, and of you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it’s not pretty every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you, from the inside out, when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

A Dream World

“I look at that family, that car, that house and that job and I think, what a dream…”

I confess that years ago I gazed longingly at luxury cars. I dreamed of owning one, brand didn’t matter, I wasn’t picky, any one would do. I continued living in this dream world until one day I came to a simple yet powerful realization…that at one point in time a luxury car was a dream for the person who now drives it. With few exceptions, he or she didn’t always have the skill or education to earn the money to buy that lavish ride. It was a dream for them…one that came to fruition through hard work and focus. I guess one could say that today, they are living a dream world?

Over time I thought more about ‘living a dream world’ and bringing dreams to reality, until finally I arrived at a staggering yet unmistakable conclusion that it is all a dream. In the past I glanced at a Lexus or Mercedes and thought that person is ‘living in a dream world.’ Over time I have expanded my thoughts to conclude that everything we see, use, consume or have is a result of a dream…let me explain.
The technology in the computer I type on at this very moment was a dream of many scientists years ago. The computer that now sits on my desk was made by a company that just a few short years ago called a garage their world wide corporate headquarters. What began as a dream of an energetic entrepreneur is now a worldwide fortune 500 company. The parts and assembly for this computer are the careful work of many hands, people who thought they would probably not be assembling computers for a living. Yet, this work lets them foster their dreams of providing a nice living for their family, an education, a new television, a daughter’s wedding or a car for their teenager.

This computer now rests on my desk, one that I dreamed of having in a study that I imagined years ago. I call my study ‘the room of knowing.’ Its walls are lined with articles I have published, book jackets from books I have written and some awards that I have won, accomplishments I only dreamed of years ago. It is called ‘the room of knowing’ because I now know I can accomplish my dreams if I set my mind to it, this room reminds me of that. It could also be called the ‘room of dreams,’ after all, that’s where it all started. I guess one could say that as I type…I am working in a dream world, a world of my dreams (the study) and others (the computer)…
As I drive to work this morning, I realize that I can run through the same ‘dream’ drill with my car. It was made by a company that started small…a dream. Engineers with a vision (or dream) designed it. Workers who are working a dream job because it provides for and creates their dreams assembled it. I can run the same dream drill with the STOP sign at the intersection by my home. It was put there by a crew who dreamed of working outside. In a subdivision that was a dream of a developer. Ordered by local, county and state laws, laws passed by people who dreamed of serving their community and country. The sign is in Cole County, Missouri, one of 50 states that make our great country, a country that began in the hopes, hearts and dreams of our forefathers.

I could run through the same dream thought process as I pass the local McDonalds restaurant, my CPA’s office, the public library or the state capital. I could do the same with the water at my tap or the road I drive on or the Green Tea that I quietly sip but that would be redundant, you get the point, each and everything around us is part of a dream that has reached fruition. This reality proves dreams do come true. That anything we touch, have, hold or use is a result of the hopes, energies and imaginations of the ones who create it…it is part of a dream world. Focus on ‘a dream world’ for just five minutes today and you will realize an appreciation, astonishment and empowerment that you have not felt before…you will literally be opening your eyes, for a first time, in a dream.

“I look at that family, that car, that house and that job and I think, what a dream…”

Matt Forck
Matt Forck is a dad, husband, writer and speaker. Matt has published numerous articles on a variety of topics, and has authored several books. You may check out Matt’s books or reach him through his web site: www.thecallproject.org

Thought for Thursday

“We are not what we know. We are what we are willing to learn.”

— Council on Ideas

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