What does it really mean to “live in the present moment?” Is living in the moment an emotional or an intellectual experience?
Does it mean that you do not think about the past or the future? How can you not think about the past or the future? That would not be possible or desirable. For you do need to recollect the past and to plan for the future at times. So lets explore what it means to “live in the present”.
“Living in the present” means living well in the present, living skillfully in the present and for that– you need wisdom, you need mindfulness, understanding and discipline. You need to know how to place your mind, how to compose your mind, how to steer your mind in the right direction — away from the distractions of the moment.
Projecting and frantic worry about the future mixed with a dose of past regrets, can actually make you heartsick. Life becomes merely a survival experience when you carry the burden of yesterday, today and tomorrow on your back, and sooner or later you will break down.
If you want to really experience life, just stop for a moment, right now. Look around you. Sense how your body feels. What are the feelings that are there? Right there in front of you in your awareness, that’s living in the present moment.
Choosing to live with your heart in the minutes and hours of today is the finest gift of freedom and self-love you can give yourselves.
Lead From Within: Do not let yesterday or tomorrow. Take up too much of today.
Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.