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How to Be Happy Now or Practicing the Power of Now

power of nowDo you believe that all of the limitations that are holding you back from your success are inside of you? There is nothing in the outside world that you cannot change or that can stop you from reaching your dreams.

 All the limitations and obstacles are inside your head only. If you learn to control your mind you can do anything.

I’ve written a lot before about living in the present moment. When you are fully present you stop identifying with the little voice in your head or your inner chatter (your mind).

Some of you might think that that your mind and you are the same thing. No, your mind is not who you are, your mind is a totally separate entity.

Do this exercise for 5 minutes. Look at some object and try not to think about anything but keep looking at the object for 5 minutes. If you try it, you will see how difficult it actually is to stay focused for 5 minutes on the object. Just a few seconds later your mind starts intervening and taking you away with the thoughts of the future or the past or anything else.

This exercise should show you that your mind has a life of its own. Your mind is your ego and it identifies itself with the future or memories of the past. It hates the present. As a result it is always creating fear, anxiety, worry, obstacles and limitations.

You mind is never completely happy. It just can’t be completely happy since it lives in the future or the past, not in the Now. The only way for you to be fully happy is to be happy now. You can’t be happy tomorrow or yesterday.

Remember how many times you thought that by reaching a certain goal you would be happy? For how long were you happy after you reached it? Not long probably.

It is because your goal became your present and your mind can’t be happy in the present.

So, for as long as you continue identifying yourself with your mind you will never be happy. No matter how many dreams of yours you reach, your mind won’t allow you to fully enjoy them.

Once you take full control of your mind and don’t allow it to lead you anymore, you become fully present in the moment and only then will you be able to experience long lasting happiness.

I always look at my 2 year old son and am amazed how fully present he is. He enjoys the moment and doesn’t care about anything else but what he experiences now. I wonder at what age we lose this wonderful ability and start identifying with our minds.

When you are fully present you don’t have fear, you don’t have anxiety, you don’t worry or doubt. You feel complete joy and happiness. To learn to be always fully present takes time. Taking full control of your inner chatter takes some work. But I believe that it can be done.

I haven’t completely mastered this skill myself yet. After so many years of identifying with the little voice in my head it is not an easy task. But I am experiencing these moments of being fully present more and more often and as a result I am becoming more productive, feel much happier and am able to reach a lot of my goals much quicker.

Here are some ways for you to learn being fully present.

1.      Meditation. The whole purpose of meditation is to eliminate your inner chatter and to reconnect with your true self. Meditation is one of the most common ways people around the world learn to be fully present. You most likely won’t be able to get rid of all of your thoughts right away when you first start meditating. Don’t worry about it, it takes time and practice. Let the thoughts pop up in your head but don’t follow them.

 

2.      Focus on your senses as much as possible throughout the day. This is another great way to learn to be fully present. As you go through your day, stop and feel the air going in and out of your nose as you breathe, stop and listen to the sounds around you, notice the colors, actually taste the food that you eat, feel the clothes that you are wearing. Do it often. The more often you do it, the more you will be able to stay in the moment.

Now some of you might be under the impression that I am saying that you should never think of your future and not make any plans. Yes, you should think of your future, of your goals, and make plans.

Unless you plan on going to Tibet and becoming a monk, you will always need you mind. But you should use it wisely.

Once you have set your goals, imagined and visualized your ideal outcome, return to the present moment. Start enjoying your “Now”. Otherwise, no matter how many goals you reach, you will never be happy.

And that, after all, is our ultimate goal–to be happy. So start today, learn to find joy and happiness in the present moment. By doing that you will align yourself with all of your dreams that have yet to come true.

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