I am in way over my head, how am I going to pay off my debt? Oh, and I have so much work to do tomorrow, maybe I should just do some of it tonight... Wait, I have those dinner plans though...

Don’t we all feel familiar with those thoughts? It seems like, for the most of us, our mind is mostly somewhere in between the past and the future. This “between” does not mean here and now. Maybe thirty minutes ago, or five hours from now. So close, yet so far!

What does living in the Now mean?
We have probably all heard the phrases "live in the moment", "be mindful", "focus on the Now", etcetera. But what is meant by this? What are we really talking about, besides some popular quote on a coffee mug?

Living in the Now means freedom from worrying. It means being able to eat our breakfast and taste it as well, instead of chugging it down while worrying about how on earth there will be enough hours to finish all of today’s tasks. It means being aware of our bodies and our surroundings; the smell, shapes, colors, taste, temperature and everything we are usually too busy to get the pleasure of experiencing.

It’s easier than we think
How is this possible, we may wonder? The easy answer to this question is; by simply doing it. It is in our nature. And it’s done by simply focusing on our existence. The society keeps our minds increasingly busy, and thus we forget our Being and True Nature. At the same time, we start asking ourselves the million dollar question; There has got to be more to life that this? Luckily, there is, and it’s right in front of our noses! It is right here, right now. We just got to get there. It is that easy, and that difficult.

A probable reason for our skepticism towards living in the Now is this; in today’s society, money is important. Future plans are important. Work and family schedules are important. And we fear that, by living in the Now, we will show up unprepared for everything, and our lives will turn in to chaos. Actually, it’s quite the contrary! Living in the Now activates the ability to look at the past and future with a present perspective, which means a calm perspective. We will still be prepared where we need to, only with less stress and less time worrying about it. 

3 easy steps to find the Now
1. Allow yourself to take a break from the past and the future. This is important, because the logic controlling mind will try to keep your focus elsewhere.
2. Focus completely on your breathing for a while; feel it entering and leaving your mouth/nose, notice the temperature, and follow it all the way down in your stomach and back. Keep your eyes closed if it helps. When you get into the flow, you can expand the focus to your entire body. Start with your feet and work your way up; notice feeling of weight, temperature, tensions and emotions. When you have full awareness of your breath and body, you can use the same ways to focus on your surroundings.
3. If you find it difficult to maintain focus, repeating a mantra can be helpful. Make it something easy like “everything is perfect here and now”.

For a deeper answer to questions that may arise, get a copy of the classic Eckhart Tolle book "The Power of Now". It is all put simply enough for us to understand, and at the same time it answers the questions that our logic minds struggle to comprehend. It might just be the best investment of your life!

 

About the author:

As a certified coach with an educational background in Sociology, Change Management and NLP, Anne Mari Ramsdal aims to help people wake up to their true Being through writing, speaking and coaching, She will shortly offer webinars on different topics relating to this. She also loves to work with helping groups and organizations becoming more successful.

www.enlightenmentor.wordpress.com

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Comment by Anne Mari Ramsdal on June 17, 2016 at 6:34pm
Thank you, Regina :-D
Comment by Regina Chouza on June 16, 2016 at 3:48pm

Hi Anne Mari - I've sent your article through with a few small grammar checks, and I also highlighted the point about the tags to make sure that is looked at. Thank you!

Regina

Comment by Anne Mari Ramsdal on June 15, 2016 at 12:23am
Thank you, Regina :)
I see now it was only in the tags - on my article Relieving pain without pills at the articles page. Im sorry, I thought it was in the article itself. No problem then!
Have a lovely day! :)
Comment by Regina Chouza on June 14, 2016 at 11:00pm

And a quick question on the name spelling (I'm so sorry that happened) ...


Was it in the newsletter, the multimedia magazine or the article pages? I found these two for you online and the name seems to be spelled correctly here, unless I am missing something:

http://omtimes.com/?s=ramsdal

Comment by Regina Chouza on June 14, 2016 at 10:54pm

Thank you Anne Marie! I'll have a look =)

Comment by Anne Mari Ramsdal on June 14, 2016 at 4:10pm

Hi again Regina,

I have now made some changes according to your suggestions :) Please let me know what you think!
Also, I don't know if this is the right place to mention it, but I have noticed that a lot of OMTimers spell my name wrong. I have no problem with it in the community, but Ive noticed it in my published articles as well. So I just wanted to tell someone that it would make me really happy if OMTimes start double checking out names before publishing  
Thank you again!
Love and Light

Comment by Anne Mari Ramsdal on June 14, 2016 at 12:22pm
Hi Regina, thank you for great feedback!
I will get to it as soon as I have got enough time :)
Thank you!
Comment by Regina Chouza on June 13, 2016 at 7:31pm

Hi Anne Marie,


Thanks for this! My name is Regina, I'm one of the editors at OM Times. I have a few minor suggestions on the piece, to shape it up before sending it to the publishers for consideration:

- I would suggest putting the first few "thought" lines in italics to make them stand out, and inserting a clear paragraph break before you go on to ask if any of that sounds familiar. I think that would help us set up the dilema in the reader's mind before you go on.

- We aim for a professional tone of voice, and with absolutely no use of first person singular. I would suggest rephrasing the line where you say "and by between I don't mean..."

- Would you consider adding subheadings that break the logic down into a  sequence?

For example, "What Does Living in the Now Mean?" and maybe "It is much easier than we think" and then, I would suggest including a third headline on "how to be in the moment" with simple techniques like focus on your breathe or the task at hand (making what you already say a little bit more obvious). Let me know if you have any questions on this =)

- Finally, you bio is just a tad too long. 60 words is the max, would you be able to trim it down?

Blessings and thanks again for the submission!

Regina

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