In life, we have two choices: to live unconsciously or to live consciously. Which do you choose? To live consciously means to be aware of not only what you are doing, but why you are doing it. Being conscious is about “being present,” which is a matter of paying attention to what is happening in your life right now, right here. So often, in some present time, we are thinking and fussing about some past event, an event we regret or wish we had done differently or we feel stuck and blocked by what we see as some past mistake. Or if we are not lamenting the past, we are anticipating some dire future event that will be upsetting and unpleasant, an event that hasn’t happened, and for all we actually know may never happen, but it’s possibility looms in our life as this potent, unwanted reality.
Past lamenting and future foreboding are both ways we have of not being present. If we are not present, we are not living consciously. We are not living with attention. Being present is our most powerful option, because the present is all we ever have. No matter where our mind is, we are always here. It is always now for us. Whatever you want to do, whatever you want to accomplish, the doing and the accomplishing all must always start right here, right now. There is no other alternative, which is why our present moment is the leverage point of all our power. If you want to live with power. If you want to live effectively. If you want your life to really work: live here, live now.