There are ways to really live in the present moment.
What’s the alternative?
It is always now.
However much you feel you may need to plan for the future, to anticipate it, to mitigate risks, the reality of your life is now.
This may sound trite…
but it’s the truth…
As a matter of conscious experience, the reality of your life is always now.
I think this is a liberating truth about the human mind.
In fact, I think there is nothing more important to understand about your mind than that if you want to be happy in this world.
The past is a memory.
It’s a thought arising in the present.
The future is merely anticipated, it is another thought arising now.
What we truly have is this moment.
And we spend most of our lives forgetting this truth.
And the horror is that we succeed.
We manage to never really connect with the present moment and find fulfillment there because we are continually hoping to become happy in the future,
and the future never arrives.
Sam Harris is a philosopher and a neuroscientist. And an atheist. And a writer who is debating, among other issues, on spirituality and morality. I’ve already shared 2 videos of him, in my previous blogposts (FreeWill? & Selfless). Now I will share a short excerpt from his speech “Death and the Present Moment”. You will see how a very rational guy finds a reason to live in the present, just like the spiritualist traditions.
You can find additional Harris quotes here.