Living in the moment

Why You Need to Live in the Moment

The truth is, dwelling on the past doesn’t change a situation and it certainly won’t help you to move forwards. You can even go as far as to say that the past really doesn’t matter. It may well have brought you to where you are now but what you need to take from the past is the lessons and apply them to your present. That’s why you shouldn’t look back.

Nevertheless, it’s often hard to break loose from the past, especially when there are feelings associated with it. However, as long as you don’t turn those feelings into regrets and spend your time wondering what life would have been like if things had been different, you won’t get stuck a rut.

The important thing to consider is, by not letting go of the past, you could miss out on something wonderful that shapes your future!

What about the Future?

By all means look forward to the future but you can’t live your life in the future! You can make plans and have goals but actually, by constantly striving for something in the future, you will likely miss out on enjoying what you have in the present. It makes perfect sense.

Most people spend their time looking to achieve something more and always seeking out the next thing they want, person they want to be with or place they want to visit without actually focusing on what they have and where they are. Then that moment is gone and it becomes part of the past.

The most important thing you can do to enjoy your life is focus on what’s going on in it NOW. The present. What you do right now can shape your future and what you do right now won’t change your past but it will affect your present.

Remember, life is about what you’re doing now and who you’re with now not about what you might be doing later or who you might be with later. That’s why everyone should make the most of what they have now, their friends, their relationships, their lives. Forget about the past mistakes and don’t worry about what hasn’t happened yet. To enjoy your present – be present!

Seventy Three Truly Inspirational Living in the Moment Quotes

Write these down on little pieces of paper and put them where you will find them every day. Take a few seconds to read them and let the words sink in…

1. Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. Cherokee Indian proverb

2. Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin

3. The next message you need is always right where you are. Ram Dass

4. My past and my future depend on today. Trevor Hall

5. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. John Lennon

6. History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that’s worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today. Henry Ford

7. Be present in all things and thankful for all things. Maya Angelou

8. Happiness not in another place but this place, not for another hour, but this hour. Walt Whitman

9. Forever is composed of “nows”. Emily Dickinson

10. This is real freedom, the ability to enjoy the choices we make in every successive moment of the present. Deepak Chopra

11. Regardless of how “bad” our circumstances may seem, when we are present, we are free of all suffering. Noah Elkrief

12. We are always getting ready to live but never living. Ralph Waldo Emerson

13. Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now – always. Albert Schweitzer

14. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau

15. Life is available only in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh

16.The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. Abraham Maslow

17. Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift. Oprah

Living in the moment quote (2)18. We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are. Bill Watterson

19. All you see in your world is the outcome of your idea about it. Neale Donald Walsch

20. We are always getting ready to live but never living. Ralph Waldo Emerson

21. I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It’s amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor. DH Lawrence

22. Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be. Eckhart Tolle

23. Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day’s work absorb your entire energies and satisfy your widest ambition. Sir William Osler

24. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Chinese proverb

25. Today is life- the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Dale Carnegie

26. Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha

27. We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine. H L Mencken

28. Living in the present moment creates the experience of eternity. Deepak Chopra

29. Learning is a movement from moment to moment. J Krishnamurti

30. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Charles Dederich

31. If you are still thinking about what you did yesterday, you haven’t done much today. Anonymous

32. Act in the moment, live in the present, slowly, slowly don’t allow the past to interfere and you will be surprised that life is such an eternal wonder, such a mysterious phenomenon and such a great gift that one simply feels constantly in gratitude. Osho

33. Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present, which very few of us do. Jean de la Bruyere

34. The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a tie. Abraham Lincoln

35. You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. Henry David Thoreau

36. One should count each day a separate life. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

37. The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Eckhart Tolle

38. Life is a succession of moments to live each one is to succeed. Coria Kent

39. All the Buddhas of all the ages have been telling you a very simple fact: Be don’t try to become. Within these two words, be and becoming, your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance. Osho

40. We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God’s. Henry Ward Beecher

41. Today is the blocks with which we build. I have memories – but only a fool stores his past in the future. David Gerrold

42. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. Buddha

Live in the present mindfulness quote43. Remember then: there is only one time that is important – Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. Leo Tolstoy

44. Nothing is worth more than this day. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

45. Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus

46. Stress is the distance between where your thoughts are and where your life is happening

47. In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy

48. The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive you will see it. Thich Nhat Hahn

49. All I have is all I need and all I need is all I have in this moment. Byron Katie

50. Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. Marcus Aurelius

51. I have realised that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present which is what there is and all there is. Alan Watts

52. If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine. Morris West

53. You are only here now; you’re only alive in this moment. Jon Kabat-Zinn

54. Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find you’re here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options, remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. Eckhart Tolle

55. Life is a preparation for the future and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none. Albert Einstein

56. Live in the actual moment. Only this moment is life. Thich Nhat Hahn

57. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. Buddha

58. While we are always living IN the moment, we rarely get to DIRECTLY experience what’s happening in a given moment because we are too busy experiencing our thoughts about what’s happening. Noah Elkrief

59. The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln

60. Today is life, the only life you are sure of. Dale Carnegie

61. Life is available only in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply. Thich Nhat Hanh

62. We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it. John Newton

63. The first recipe for happiness is to avoid too lengthy meditation on the past. André Mauroi

64. The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, “what is” is what we want. Katie Byron

65. The meeting of two eternities, the past and the future…is precisely the present moment. Henry David Thoreau

66. I have realised that the past and future are real illusions and they exist in the present which is what there is and all there is. Alan Watts

67. Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed

68. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. Abraham Maslow

69. Any feelings of insufficiency, unworthiness or unlovability are created by thoughts. Therefore we naturally don’t experience these feelings when we don’t have, or don’t believe, the thoughts that create them. When we are present, we feel whole, worthy and lovable. Noah Elkrief

70. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. Dale Carnegie

71. One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living

72. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past and not enough presence. Eckhart Tolle

73. The past is never there when you try to go back. It exists but only in memory. To pretend otherwise is to invite a mess. Chris Cobbs