Q: What does it mean to be in the moment?
A: Well, to me living my life in the moment is the only time I am actually alive, any other time past or present is either over and gone or sitting somewhere in the future waiting to arrive.
The past, it lies behind you
The future lies ahead
Live in the moment or
live amongst the dead.
The past it lies behind you:
Living in the past in the physical sense is like this: When I was a young man I was strong and agile. I was superman. I could almost fly. When I became an old man I quickly realized I was no longer that person and would have been a fool to try to be. . . Today I must live with the reality that I have weakened to a great extent. I still work out, but now it’s to keep my bones and ligaments agile. Although I still think I can fly, I know better than to try. . . . Same thing for a woman trying to carry the beauty of her youth into old age, it don’t work. There is a special beauty that is reserved for the aged she will never know as long as she lives in the past. That’s living in the moment in the physical.
Living in the past in the spiritual sense is like this: I did some really bad stuff when I was younger that could have tied me up in guilt forever. My spiritual growth has also been stunted by lust, greed, and selfishness. I have hurt people and been hurt in return. I have struck out when a simple turn away would have been better.
Had I held onto past grievances and brooded over them for long periods of time they would have very soon become my best friends and I would still, at 75, be holding onto them. Though they were long past, and completely out of my control I would still honor them in my remembrance. Thankfully I have learned not to hold onto my past mistakes and erroneous ways and to recognize them for what they were. Growth lessons.
The future lies ahead:
It is imperative that each of us realizes that we personally have a whole lot to say say about what our future will hold for us. We are not just poor souls grasping onto dead logs as they float down the river of life, we are powerful souls piloting our own ships, and we have total control when it comes to buffeting the waves and circumventing the whirlpools. We quite literally create our futures by the things we do and say in the present.
Live in the moment or live among the dead:
That’s pretty much the way it is . . . the present is the only place we have control. Therefore, although it is a struggle to do so, it must be done.