“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time – past and future – the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” – Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
We all have the opportunity to live in eternity every day – to step out of time. To stop playing time’s game. How much of life do we miss by not being present in this moment? These are not new ideas. What would be incredible is if we actually started attempting to live in this way.
Time seems precious because we constantly give it away to living in the past or the future. Why do we do that, I wonder? Why would we choose not to be right here in this moment? Did you ever have an experience where time stood still? I have.
When I am writing, walking in the woods or working in my garden, I am in another reality completely unaware of time. On the other hand, I was recently in the dentist’s chair and it seemed like time was creeping by. My apologies to dentists out there – it’s a real fear of mine and I’m grateful to my dentist for the wonderful work he did. My garden is a Now I love being in and the dentist’s chair is a Now I’m fearful in. So, there’s a big clue.
Which Now are you living in? One you love or one you fear? One that is in accord with your soul or one that’s not?
Truth is we all have the eternal now available every nano second of every day. All we must do is “be here now” as Ram Dass advises. Not living in the past – either with regrets or longing for what was and will never be again. Not living in the future – the endless what ifs. Life is so very simple. Consider practicing being fully present to each moment of your life. Become aware of the drunk monkey mind and realize it isn’t in charge, you are. Your mind is your servant, not your master. Become the witness. Watch your thoughts drift on by, realize you don’t have to go with them. You can stay right here, in the eternal now.