For me, being present in the “now” is somewhat difficult. Its not that I’m always thinking about the past or the present, but I am often daydreaming or thinking about something other than what is happening. This can create a lot of unneeded stress and anxiety, and sometimes exhaustion. I’ve thought so much before that I’ve been to the point where I just didn’t want to think any more, but I didn’t know how. Until something miraculous happened.
I was bored at work one day, cleaning out the cabinets in the back when I found this book: The Power of Nowby Eckhart Tolle. I opened to one of the first pages and read “I hope this book finds its way into the lives of those who need it most”. It was definitely one of the most striking things I’ve ever read, especially since I had literally just found the book.
Since that moment I have read the book several times and gifted it to many people in my life. It is probably the single most life changing book I have ever read, and that’s a big statement.
So as I sit here on the patio in Australia listening to the morning chorus of birds, I also enjoy the silence and the stillness of now. Appreciating the present moment is something I continually work on, and I truly believe it is the key to happiness.