The present is all we have

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The present is all we have | Mary Shields PhD

Eckhart Tolle writes,

“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life which is never not now.”

Most of us live in the past or the future. Rarely are we fully present to what’s happening here and now, and I highly recommend Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of NOW, as encouragement to follow this path.

Negativity abounds, or so it seems, and I found Tolle’s observation appropriate:

“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. 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.”

Too much past/future, and not enough presence: that’s it! While it is true that the present is all we have, most of us are so distracted by the past or allured by the future that we neglect being fully in the present, the now.

The Dalai Lama puts it brilliantly: “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live.”

May we each learn to live more in the present!

With love,


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