“Make now the primary focus of our life.”
― Eckhart Tolle
Have you read Eckhart Tolle’s brilliant and acclaimed book “The Power of Now”? There’s a reason it’s so popular and well regarded: its wisdom and simplicity are profound.
I want to share some of my takeaways from the book and practices I use in today’s post.
Let’s begin with ten simple tips to live in the NOW.
Focus on your breath
Focusing on the breath is so simple, yet it is so useful. You can do it anytime and anywhere. Take a few moments to pay attention to your breath. Breathing consciously and with intention. You can do this in line for your morning chai, at the traffic lights or while you’re cooking dinner!
Another simple trick you can do anytime. When we smile we trigger feel-good endorphins in our bodies so get grinning.
Next time your chatting with a friend or family member, avoid waiting for your chance to reply, coach or tell your own story. Be present and listen carefully, and don’t multitask!
Connect with nature
Get outside! Whether you visit the ocean, go for a hike or just hit the back lawn for some earthing in the grass, it’s all great for being in the now.
Quit multitasking and focus on one thing at a time. If you find keeping centred problematic, try setting a timer for 25 minutes, then take a five-minute break before getting back to your task.
Feel the energy internally and externally
Close your eyes and first focus on what your senses are telling you. Listen to the hum of the traffic, the sounds of music or voices, the feel of the air on your skin, the smells wafting past you. Feel the energy of the world around you. Then turn inwards. Start with the feel of your breath in your body. Then feel the beat of your heart. Eventually focus on observing your internal energy, lifeforce, chi or prana.
Forgive and let go past hurts
Hanging on to anger and grudges is only a disservice to yourself. Letting go of past hurts is a powerfully transformative action and will allow you to live in the now properly.
“…the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfilment in whatever form. Both are illusions.”
― Eckhart Tolle
Stop worrying or dreaming about the future
I call this ‘future-tripping’, where you’re continually looking to the future, worrying or imagining. While having a vision is essential, we can’t spend our time forward in time if we want to appreciate the present moment.
When we’re always ‘doing’ it can be difficult to enjoy the now. Pause at least once a day. Pausing might look like stepping away from the computer, turning your phone on Do Not Disturb for five minutes and telling your partner to watch the kids. You might spend the time in quiet contemplation, or connect with your breath or enjoy a delicious snack – mindfully!
Decluttering applies to both your material possessions and your mind. Decluttering is a powerful practice that will leave you feeling free, light and in the now.
Some practices you might like to try to help with living in the now, enjoying the present moment and living a fulfilling life include:
Translates to a ‘deep dreamless conscious sleep’. If you’re new to this practice, you can look up guided yoga nidra meditations on Spotify or Youtube to talk you through it.
Move through the five koshas
Think of the five koshas as ‘layers’ or ‘sheaths’ of ourselves. Like Russian matryoshka dolls, each kosha is contained within the other.
The five koshas are:
Different yogic practices like asana, pranayama and meditation work on harmonising and moving through these layers.
Chakra meditation or visualisation
Focussing on particular chakras can be a powerful tool in our ‘power of now’ toolbox. I suggest concentrating on:
- Ajna Chakra – waking
- Vishuddha Chakra – dreams
- Anahata Chakra – deep sleep
“If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without.”
― Eckhart Tolle