20 Reasons To Live In The Present Moment

by Tess

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Living in the present moment richness and awareness to our lives, yet we choose to live in the future or the past most of the time.

Instead of telling you how to live in and experience the "magic of this moment" I invite you to examine your own moments and increase them exponentially.

Below is my experience of living in the magic of the present moment.

When I live in the present moment I am joy in expression.

When I live in the present moment I avoid worry about the future.

When I live in the present moment I enjoy the taste of one sweet red raspberry.

When I live in the present moment I am grateful and appreciative.

When I live in the present moment I am peaceful and calm.

When I live in the present moment I lose all sense of time.

When I live in the present moment there is no story about conflict or fear.

When I live in the present moment I feel Spirit all around me.

When I live in the present moment nature becomes breath taking.

When I live in the present moment my intuition is loud and clear.

When I live in the present moment I can only love and feel loved.

When I live in the present moment I hear my soul sing.

When I live in the present moment no task is too daunting.

When I live in the present moment every cell in my body awakens.

When I live in the present moment I understand the mysetery of life.

When I live in the present moment my heart breaks open.

When I live in the present moment my mind is quiet.

When I live in the present moment I am at my best.

When I live in the present moment light dispels all darkness.

When I live in the present moment I am happy, joyful and free.

When I live in the present moment doors of opportunity swing open on their hinges with the momentum of unlimited opportunities. 

When I live in the present moment I am creating the amazing person I was born to be and the awesome life I was meant to live.

 Together, let's decide today that we will just "be" in the present moment.

 What does present moment living do for you?

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    Davina May 3, 2010 at 11:05 am

    One sweet, red raspberry. I remember those moments. My sisters and I picking raspberries on hot summers days. Do I dare say, Juicy moments? :-) I like the line, “when I live in the present moment my heart breaks open”. To me that illustrates being in the moment that is so fresh that there are no barriers or boundaries. The moment stands alone.

    Right now I’m enjoying moments of sipping a fresh cup of coffee.
    .-= Davina´s last post…9 Animal Totem Cards for Your Muse =-.


    Joy May 3, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Oh Tess,
    Beautiful. Breathtakingly beautiful. And so so true. Living in the present moment is how I choose to live.
    I will share this little snippet with you. This morning I went to my comfort beach. Gloriously warm sunny morning. I embraced each moment separately. I felt the sand, I waded in the water as I felt the warmth of the sun and the gentle breeze and the coolness of the water on my feet and legs. The moon was still visible so I breathed in the Energy from the moon…and so forth….Time stood still, and I realized with great clarity “I am all that I seek”. I am the power of the moon, the warmth of the sun, the joy in the surfers hearts, the elegance of the harbor seal playing in the water, the peace in the waves gently caressing the beach, the strength of the last rock at the end of the jetty always the one the waves break upon, the innocence of the baby on the blanket, the grace of the ocean…I am, you are, we are..all that we seek…
    That is what I experience when I live in the present moment.
    .-= Joy´s last post…Fearless Fun Friday…Guest Post by Jill Badonsky.. =-.


    Wilma Ham May 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Oh Tess, now you are also a lyrical tornado with blowing those words from my screen into my consciousness.
    Now you make me think I am always present when I am doing the things I love. When I go to the garden and decide what to pick for lunch or dinner I am totally there with my awe for nature and how abundant it provides for us.
    When I spin and feel that soft Alpaca wool sliding through my fingers I am totally there with my amazement how nature works.
    When I swim in the river and I feel the fresh water rushing over my body, where else would I rather be than there so I am the experience.
    Tess, the present moments are indeed where to be, and I am present to your gift right now, thanks oh bold one, xox Wilma
    .-= Wilma Ham´s last post…Let other women take care of your self-care. =-.


    Positively Present May 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Love, love, love this post! Just shared it on Twitter and I hope lots and lots of people will read it because it’s such a great post about living in the moment!


    Marko -- Calm Growth May 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    “What does present moment living do for you?”

    1. When I live in the present moment I do not feel fear.
    2. When I live in the present moment I do not feel concern for the future.
    3. When I live in the present moment I do not feel regret for the past.
    4. When I live in the present moment I can completely quiet the mind.
    5. When I live in the present moment, there is low self-confidence.
    6. When I live in the present moment I can see the beauty of nature without interference from the mind.
    7. When I live in the present moment I’m much more productive because I enjoy the work.

    Excellent topic!
    .-= Marko — Calm Growth´s last post…Moral Tales and Inspirational Stories Website =-.


    Patty - Why Not Start Now? May 3, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    You took me with you every step of the way, Tess. I was in those moments with you. And when I live in the present moment, I know that I am right where I need to be. There is no place better!
    .-= Patty – Why Not Start Now?´s last post…Meaning Mondays: The Sniffles Edition =-.


    Lance May 4, 2010 at 2:55 am

    For me, this post really touches on what the moments of life, when truly experienced, feel like. You have captured this so well!
    When I live in the present moment, I am more aware of each of my senses.
    When I live in the present moment, I am much less distracted by outside influences.
    When I live n the present moment, I feel the soft spring grass between my toes.

    Tess, thank YOU!! This reminder is so good – for me to just stay IN those moments of my day…
    .-= Lance´s last post…I Am NOT An Abomination =-.


    Alex Blackwell May 4, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Tess – thanks for a wonderful project.

    When I live in the present I feel worthy to have my heart’s desire.



    Debbie May 4, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Many people loss there happiness because they forget to enjoy the present. Tess you have some wonderful tips for people to use for the present moment. Hope they take heed and use them.
    .-= Debbie´s last post…One for the Road…Is This a Secret to happiness? =-.


    Karl Staib - Work Happy Now May 4, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Living in the present moment as been my saving grace. I used to be high anxiety and stress. Now I bring myself back to the wonderful present and everything feels good again.

    The present moment is my favorite anchor. There are still times I get worked up, but that’s when I do a little Yoga and meditation to bring myself back to feeling relaxed and happy.
    .-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s last post…5 Ways to Conquer Your Fears =-.


    Cheryl Paris May 4, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Hello Tess,

    For me living in the moment is all I care about. Whether it is during working hours, traveling, playing with my daughter and spending time with my soul mate. I enjoy every moment I can to live and not to exist.
    For me living in the moment is self motivating.

    Bye for Now
    Cheryl Paris
    The Acorn Coach Blog
    .-= Cheryl Paris´s last post…What a Big Dose of Attitude?: Creating a Winning Attitude =-.


    Kaushik May 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Beautiful post.

    One of the simplest and hardest things we can do is eat in the present. It’s strange but most of us think about food at all times except when we are actually eating. It takes some practice to eat mindfully, aware of taste and texture and smell and color, but it’s an amazing experience.
    .-= Kaushik´s last post…Your Thoughts =-.


    Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point May 4, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Oh, these delicious present moments! This post is almost a way to bottle them up to be savored at later present moments. Thank you, Tess! I’m hearing my soul sing!


    Stacey Shipman May 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    When I am in the present moment I feel calm, cool, focused and relaxed. It’s a feel good place to be :-)
    .-= Stacey Shipman´s last post…Feel Good Living TV: Mozzarella Cheese Making – In 30 minutes! =-.


    Evita May 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Tess

    What a BOLD photo! I love it!!!!

    What I love most about living in the present moment is avoiding and releasing worry (as you pointed out as well). That is the ultimate for me about present moment living. If one can keep it up (which one can) it really makes it possible to live worry free :)

    And yes enjoying meals properly and another person’s company and the smell of the air, flowers and life!!! Today in fact I cannot imagine NOT living in the present moment most of the time.
    .-= Evita´s last post…Expanding Our Evolving Views of Homosexuality =-.


    suzen May 4, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Tess! Fabulous list – gosh, kinda hard to add to it. I’m loving my present moment at the moment – I have a gizmo called MiFi providing me internet at the lake house – YAY! Busy here but trying to keep up with the blog world!
    .-= suzen´s last post…Spiritual Partnership – A book review =-.


    Michelle @ Following Your Joy May 5, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Hi Tess!

    Beautiful. Gosh, I keep ‘saying’ how important it is to live in the present…but I also gotta say that it takes the commitment to being consciously “awake” to your life…in order to be present! I’m reading a great book (thanks to Oprah) called “Women Food and God,” and it’s all about being present to what’s happening in our lives. So this theme is a big one for me these days.

    When I live in the present moment, I am fully–and unequivocally–me. And that feels phenomenal!

    Thanks for asking the question and for sharing your insight with us. Enjoy your day…full of conscious presence!


    Jannie Funster May 5, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Dear dear Tess, I think this is your most beautiful list yet. It fairly makes my heart sing with joy. I want to read it again and again!! In fact, I want to do with it what I did with your affirmations list a couple weeks ago — record the list on my digital device, and listen back and back to it, time and again.

    Thak you, dear lady!

    In this present moment I am happy to be your friend.

    Oh, please check your G-mail, as I am about to send you one!
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last post…Kelly Flips Out — Triple Time! =-.


    Karen May 5, 2010 at 8:22 am

    When I live in the moment, there is no fear of the past or of the future.

    Time doesn’t exist. Only the present and what I’m doing at that moment exists. It’s very hard to do, but with practice we can always summon those feelings when we live in the moment.

    I quite like your list, too.

    Thanks for sharing,
    .-= Karen´s last post…Perception as Reality =-.


    Amit Sodha - The Power Of Choice May 5, 2010 at 8:41 am

    That’s brilliant Tess, you could turn this entire concept into a book! When I’m in the present moment my clarity is at it’s peak.
    .-= Amit Sodha – The Power Of Choice´s last post…Have You Learned Your Lessons Yet? =-.


    Greg Blencoe May 5, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Hi Tess,

    What a wonderful list! I think this is my favorite one:

    “When I live in the present moment my intuition is loud and clear.”

    It’s amazing how clear our inner guidance, gut feelings, etc. can be when thoughts about the past or the future are not clouding our minds. Life just seems to flow in the right direction without a lot of effort.

    I think I’ve mentioned this here before, but the best way I’ve found to live in the present is by meditating daily. I’ve been doing this for most of the past couple of years and my life is so much better as a result.
    .-= Greg Blencoe´s last post…My personal 30-day money challenge starts next Monday on May 10th =-.


    Phil - Less Ordinary Llving May 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Tess -

    I love your reasons – poetic, wise and practical. When I live in the present moment, I am at my best – that is the one that resonates with me most. It is so true – keeping the endless replays of the past and the imponderables of the future at bay and just reveling in the now. Aaaah – perfect.

    .-= Phil – Less Ordinary Llving´s last post…15 Secrets to Thriving in the 21st Century Workplace –Part 1 =-.


    Kristie Ryan May 5, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Love it! I am continually reminding myself to do this. I am practicing and am looking forward to one day be trained enough to be as present as you are.

    Just beautiful!


    Tony Single May 6, 2010 at 7:11 am

    In all seriousness, present moment living helps me to not bump into poles when I walk down the street. I’m a deadset clutz if I don’t remain aware of my surroundings. :P
    .-= Tony Single´s last post…Internet is the Great Satan =-.


    Mark May 6, 2010 at 9:52 am

    A great list! I love living in the moment for there is so much beauty here than there ever is in any other state of being. Being in the moment is the ultimate awareness.
    .-= Mark´s last post…Losing Ones Self to Fit In – The Procrustean Bed =-.


    Hilary May 6, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Hi Tess .. what an amazing list as everyone so rightly says .. life is so good – we must enjoy every moment, and be here with it. I am making a concerted effort to be present all the time & it is releasing me ..

    “When I live in the present moment nature becomes breath taking.” That one says a great deal to me .. we are nature, if we breathe we are at one with nature, we are alive ..

    Thanks so so much for these wonderful phrases .. just so true .. we must remember to live in the present moment …. Thank you – Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last post…The Okavango Delta – the perfect place to Safari or holiday? = Yes for me! Part 3/3 – Sights and sounds .. =-.


    brenda May 7, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I love this! When I live in the present moment everything is warm, wonderful, shiny and bright! hmmmmmmmm .. . feels so good~



    Jonathan May 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Those were some really beautuful thoughts! I have written a lot about living in the moment, primarly inspired by Eckhart Tolle. Truly, if you aren’t living in the moment, you aren’t living at all.

    Whenever I find myself feeling down, or stressed, I ask, am I in this moment, or am I in the past or the future? Almost always I am preoccupied with the future.
    .-= Jonathan´s last post…The Danger of Being Comfortable =-.


    Siddhartha Bordoloi November 15, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Yep! Living in the present fully does unleash one’s fullest potential. The man who has learnt the sublime art of living in the NOW experiences infinite bliss, peace and calmness ever. Thanks a lot for this nice piece of content.


    Patricia Anderson November 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Tess,

    This is an eye opener! I love everything on your list. Living in the present and serving our daily purpose can make us experience life with enthusiasm.

    Living life with Full Wattage!


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