I’ve been nicknamed “The Spiritual Consolidator” at a forum I frequent. I like to
spend my spare time intensively researching a subject, teaching, or idea, gathering
quotes and information from thousands of years ago, as well as modern material,
then condense & consolidate it into a single teaching. I love connecting the dots,
and feel compelled to do so spiritually. I enjoy making an idea which has been
buried under layers of distortion and misinterpretation throughout the ages due to
organized religion and whatnot, and make them make sense again in a completely
unbiased manner. To point things out which were so obvious that they escaped us! I
believe the “spiritual” teachings of today are too rigidly formalized or
conceptualized to remain effective.
This is one of which compilations I’ve made:
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the
present, which is what there is and all there is.
Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the
day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.
Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present
moment I know this is the only moment.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.
Be here now.
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past,
present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
The more I give myself permission to live in the moment and enjoy it without feeling
guilty, the better I feel about the quality of my work.
Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment… Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life –
and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in
-Henry David Thoreau
Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s
called the present.
We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future; men
of discernment deal only with the present moment.
To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday. From the
“old,” you derive security; from the “ new,” you gain the flow.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the
primary focus of your life.
Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the
The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect
as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God
The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive
Him there with gratitude in that sacrament.
The point of power is always in the present moment.
-Louise L. Hay
For this day, I ask that you simply concentrate on what it is happening right now.
The best gift we can have is living in the present moment and really enjoying it for
what it is; and, not being in our heads and getting sidetracked.
We have to get back to the beauty of just being alive in this present moment.
What is the biggest thing that stops people from living their lives in the present
moment? Fear – and we must learn how to overcome fear.
The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always
breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future
felicity… The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure,
but from hope to hope.
Anything you’re trying to will is focused on the future; it’s always associated with
some sort of anxiety that makes the present moment somewhat uncomfortable.
I know that the purpose of life is to understand and be in the present moment with
the people you love. It’s just that simple.
Women are degraded by the propensity to enjoy the present moment, and, at last,
despise the freedom which they have not sufficient virtue to struggle to attain.
While you are meditating, if your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the present
God isn’t present in the past or future. The great ‘I Am’ is in the present moment.
When I claim that presence, I can get through anything today.
If you abandon the present moment, you cannot live the moments of your daily life
There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man’s
whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the
present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live
being true to the single purpose of the moment.
It is this research into pure painting that is the problem at the present moment. I
do not know any painters in Paris who are really searching for this ideal world.
The present moment, if you think about it, is the only time there is. No matter what
time it is, it is always now.
Children have a way of forcing you back into the present moment.
There are certain ways in which I cultivate awareness, both through mindful yoga and
taking care of my body and taking time to actually drop as deeply as possible into
stillness, into whatever is unfolding in the present moment.
The “moment” has no yesterday or tomorrow. It is not the result of thought and
therefore has no time.
Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.
The present moment is changing so fast that we often do not notice its existence at
all. Every moment of mind is like a series of pictures passing through a projector.
Some of the pictures come from sense impressions. Others come from memories of past
experiences or from fantasies of the future.
“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you
are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus
flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”
What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is
your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your
future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design
for the present.
True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let
us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live
better in the future.
Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about
Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.
Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the
Only the present moment is real and available to us. The peace we desire is not in
some distant future, but it is something we can realize in the present moment.
-Thich Nhat Hahn
But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted
eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe
to foresee the future. He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives with nature
in the present, above time.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom
happens to us
-Jean de La Bruyère
Today it is not nearly enough to be a saint, but we must have the saintliness
demanded by the present moment, a new saintliness, itself also without precedent.
History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to
live in the present.
The present moment is never intolerable. What’s intolerable is what’s going to
happen in the next four hours. To have your body here at 8 pm and your mind at 10:30
pm, that’s what causes us suffering.
-Anthony de Mello