In a world and society that has grown far away from the natural world, the present moment is often forgotten. Instead, we rush towards our futures or lament over our pasts. It is often too difficult, or even unknown that we can relax into the present moment, a state of being where we have no attachments to the past or future.
So what does the present moment look like? Imagine walking down the street without thinking about anything. Instead, you're taking in all the sounds and sights around you, just being the observer.
Nothing from your past is stressing you out in this moment, and no anxiety from your future is creeping in either. You're simply enjoying the sounds of the birds you hear, the feeling of the sun against your skin, and the beauty of life around you. Imagine having no fears, doubts, or troubles taxing your mind. This present moment is a state of pure awareness, because nothing else is getting in the way.
So how do we find this moment more often? We live in a fast paced world filled with many responsibilities, the largest of which is to generate money and provide for ourselves and those around us. These responsibilities tend to push us farther away from the natural speed of nature, making it more difficult to relax and to be still.
But wherever we are in life and whatever challenges we face, we can still find and enjoy the present moment. To do this we have to forgive the past and let go of our expectations for our future. We can't change the past, but we can accept it and move on to the next chapter in our lives. We can't physically understand how everything in our future will work out, but we can accept that fact and choose to believe it will all transpire without all of our doubts and worries getting in the way.
This had been a very challenging aspect of my life when I recently moved from Maryland to North Carolina. I was constantly tested to have faith in the process and to believe that my future would work out. A year ago, I left Las Vegas after moving there in hopes of finding my new home. After realizing that city didn't fully resonate with me, my future seemed more unstable than ever, but I knew I had to have faith. I moved back to Maryland and after many months of being in limbo, I visited Asheville NC, a place I now call home.
After taking the leap to move here, I've found myself in a new reality which provides me with so much growth and expansion. There's no way I could've imagined this exact reality with my physical mind, but I truly just had to have faith that my future reality would fit into my idea of what I wanted with my life. And by taking action as if it was true, it became true.
But throughout the process, I had to live my current reality while anxiously hoping things would work out. I had to challenge myself to relax and find the present moment because I was responding so deeply with the future. This really helped me to understand my fears and that I had to deal with them, accept them and move through them.
What fears you ask? Fears created from old experiences which had become a part of my belief system. These thoughts from the past and this anxiety about the future was too much to keep in my reality, so I knew I had to let them both go. And although that was, and is, an on going process, the allowance and acceptance of my present reality truly began to create momentum in my life.
I found myself being able to write more, create more music, and get more things accomplished when I wasn't questioning why things were this way or that way. The present moment allowed new creativity and ideas to pour through, because I wasn't stuck on the past or worried about the future. This whole process had given me contrast to understand how manifestation works, and to help me discover my present moment even when my external world seemed chaotic.
Take a deep breath and find your still point, your present moment, anytime you feel pulled to the past or the future. Tell yourself everything is fine, and there is nothing more important than this moment, the now. Find your alignment with this moment, which is truly who you are, and watch as the rest of your reality shapes itself around this internal peace.