What Does It Mean to Accept the Present Moment as It Is?

What happens if I accept the present moment as it is?

The present moment is always a present.

It’s a gift – if we accept it.

It’s always rich if we don’t check out of it.

If we abandon it for the sake of gaining something later, we will lose the “greatest of gains.”

In the final analysis, it all boils down to relinquishing control.

When I let go of my idea of what my future should be like, I start seeing what I have in the present.

The moment I stop needing, I ALREADY have. And more will be given.

How do you accept present reality?

If I accept the present moment as my highest reward, it turns into a celebration – I will find joy in what I am doing right now.

And then, suddenly, my eyes open, and I see more things to celebrate.

A bright star hanging over my window in the silver glow of the full moon.

The great audiobook I am listening to.

An interesting project I am enjoying.

My son saying to me this morning: “Hey, Dad, haven’t seen you for ages.” 

Someone on Facebook thanking me for an answer I shared.

The parsley seeds I planted outside that sprouted!

A Harry Potter binge-watch party I am planning to have with my sons next Friday.

There’s more and more to celebrate.

Is there a feeling of abundance in my emotional reality at the moment? If so, I will see it with my physical eyes too. It will become a reality in my visible world.

Is there a feeling of lack and discontent in my emotional reality at the moment? If so, I will see it with my physical eyes too. My visible world will be defined by lack. 

What did Elisha’s servant see?

Remember the story of Elisha’s servant?

There was war in Israel. One morning Elisha’s servant got up and saw the city surrounded by an army of horses and chariots.

He cried out to the prophet in fear, “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?”

Elisha’s answer was more than strange: 

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

Then, Elisha prayed, and the eyes of his servant were opened.

Lo and behold – he saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire.

What Elisha’s servant saw as lack turned out to be fullness when his eyes opened to his present reality. 

To accept the present moment as it is means to shift your focus to whatever is good about your present reality.

There is fullness where I thought was only lack.

I saw my cup as empty, but it overflows.

True abundance is not about how much I own; it’s about how I feel.

Acknowledging the good you already have is the foundation of all abundance. Eckhart Tolle

When we try to control the future, we lose sight of the present.

We don’t see any presents in the present.

We become blind and don’t see the good days when they come.

We think that our reward is somewhere else some other time – not in what we are doing right now.

This compulsion to control the future makes us ignore what’s already given.

We feel lack not because there is lack but because we don’t notice how much we have.

But when we let go of control, our eyes suddenly open. This is the magic of shifting your focus to the “Now.”


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