We often seek peace, joy, and fulfillment throughout our lives by pursuing various avenues like accomplishments, relationships, experiences, and material possessions.
However, according to The Power of Now, genuine peace and fulfillment can only be found by immersing ourselves entirely in the present moment. By doing so, we connect with our true selves and enjoy life to the fullest, free from distracting thoughts and perceptions that skew our view of the world.
The Problem: We Spend Much of Our Time Consumed in Thought
We often get lost in thoughts about dinner, work, promotions, possessions, and errands, which prevents us from being present. These thoughts revolve around the past or future, over which we have no control. By focusing on the present, we can positively impact our lives.
Dwelling on the past leads to negative emotions like guilt, regret, and resentment, while focusing on the future creates stress and anxiety. The pain-body, a cumulative entity of past hurt, can also influence negative thoughts and actions.
In the full summary, we will discuss ways to overcome the pain-body and plan for the future while remaining present.
Your Ego Causes Problems
Why do we waste time on things beyond our control instead of being present? It’s because of the ego, which tries to control our thoughts, emotions, and behavior. The ego creates a false identity based on external factors like past experiences, career, and political affiliation.
This false identity can be shaken by new experiences or challenges. The true self, or Being, is a purer energy within us that is unaffected by external forces. To access inner peace, we need to disconnect from the ego and observe our thoughts from a third-party perspective.
By doing so, we briefly disconnect from the ego and connect with our true self, allowing us to be fully present. More on this in the full summary.
The Solution: Be Present in Every Moment
The past and future are only in memories and projections. Being present is the only way to escape the control of the ego and pain-body. When we dwell on the past or future, we create our own suffering.
Being present doesn’t change external circumstances, but it helps us face challenges with more mental capacity. Life has cycles of success and failure, and accepting the present means acknowledging its existence without wishing for something else.
You can choose to change, leave, or accept a difficult situation. Being present takes practice, like strengthening a muscle.
How to Be More Present
To be more present in everyday life, it’s important to stay aware of both your mind and body. Your body can give you clues to your mental and emotional state, such as clenched fists or a stiff neck. Use your body as a tool to bring your mind back to the present by connecting with your inner body through techniques like deep breathing and relaxation. Practicing this regularly will help you stay present and spend more time in the Now.
Benefits to Others by Being Present
Being present benefits both you and those around you by allowing you to form genuine connections and relationships with others from a place of inner peace.
However, when your ego is in control, it can generate negative emotions that affect your interactions with others. This lack of presence is a common issue among humans, which can send negative energy into the world.