The Most Important Moment is Now
© 2016 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.
Are you living in the most important moment? It’s NOW. In Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm, we go for the best possible alignment between our mental and physical processes, our soul and our emotional ups and downs. Every day we make thousands of tiny and larger decisions about how to live.
But do we know WHEN to live? Think about it. You can’t live in the future, because that hasn’t arrived yet. The future consists of outcomes we can guess about, together with whatever we are cocreating with the Divine. But we can’t live there.
We can’t live in the past either, although that’s a popular turn of phrase. Many dwell on the past, some brooding deeply and analyzing endlessly, going over and over how they “coulda and shoulda and didna”. Many are keeping endless scorecards of those who did them wrong and what they should have said and done to exact a balance, if not revenge. Too many are having long conversations about how people treated them unfairly, with callous or even hateful intent. They “live in the past”. But all that has already happened, so there is little you can do about it without your time machine. And if we did all have time machines, we wouldn’t have time to live our actual current lives, because we would be so busy going back to see about that onetime boyfriend and tell off that abusive boss.
So if we can’t live in the future or the past, where and when can we live? NOW. There is a second immediately before you that is available for your consciousness and your choices: your living. You can only live in this moment, this present moment, this now. And by the time you read THIS word, that NOW moment I just mentioned is gone. Yes, NOW is the only moment when we can actually live.
I first saw this concept when reading an early book by the late Dr. Wayne Dyer, Your Erroneous Zones. He argued that you can’t be stressed if you concentrate on the here and now. In traffic, for example, he argued we should concentrate only on the cars, the trees, the sounds in and around the traffic. How can you obsess about your budget or your child’s health issue when you are firmly in the driver’s seat of your thoughts? This concept puts you in charge of your mind.
Jesus, in Matthew 6:34 (NIV), says
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
So what would it be like if you stayed more in the NOW? Try it for a day. When you find yourself sliding into worry about the past or future, simply exhale to your toes and come back to the present. You’ll be more relaxed and relating differently, with your loved ones, with God, and with your lists. Let me know what shifts you notice. Keep practicing. And now you’re in Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm!
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- Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition(http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc ). Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com.
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