Many of us TRY to live in the present moment, but sometimes we think that the present is slipping by, right in front of our eyes and we have no idea what to do about it.
This is exactly like holding sand in a fist. The more you try to hold it together, the faster it will slip by. So, the basic idea to understand here is that whatever we are trying to hold is actually not the present but the past. The thing that you can’t hold is the PRESENT!
We want to elongate the present when the time is good because we think that doing so can make us happier . And this is precisely the problem.
We try to live in the present moment– what we don’t understand is that we don’t need to try, we already are in the present. It’s like whenever we try to be cool or try to be happy, we are everything but that.
Similarly, here as well, we think we need to try to live in the moment. But ask yourselves, can you live in the past? Can you live in the future? Well, physically we cannot as of now.
PRESENT, A Flowing River
The Present is like a flowing river, that needs not to be held on to. One just has to flow along with it. Stagnant water breeds mosquitoes and smells awfully bad.
You don’t need to stop a flowing river, just take a dip.
Life is similar to this river. We don’t have to stop and disturb the flow of the river; we just have to enjoy each and every moment to its fullest as every breath is a gift one should embrace.
Now some of you must be wondering that if we should always remain in the present, then should we stop reminiscing all the past moments, the good old days?
Well, if someone keeps on recalling his past moments, then that means his present life is not that exciting as it used to be and has become dull and boring which is why he has to rely on the past to make his present a tad better.