You've heard it before: the present moment, the NOW, is all you have. Here are just a handful of being quotes:
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
"The point of power is always in the present moment."
-- Louise L. Hay, You Can Heal Your Life
"Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives."
-- Wayne Dyer
"The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness."
-- Abraham Maslow
"Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be."
-- Eckhart Tolle, The Power Of Now
It's something you've always known at some level. You already know, deep inside, that powerfully living in the now is the only way you will ever find real lasting happiness -- ultimate happiness. Because it's only in the now that you can realize you already have everything and don't need anything else.
The power of being in the now is the path to ultimate happiness, the one that fulfils your heart, soul, body and mind, where you are one with Oneness. Some call it the Enlightenment. You cannot 'achieve' ultimate happiness by accomplishing, doing or having something. You can only be in the state of ultimate happiness by BEING. And Being is only in the NOW.
But here comes the million dollar question: how do we actually do this?
It is hard to do any of this by standard intellectual or psychological approaches. I have myself tried various ways and different paths to learn to live in the moment and find happiness, and realized that it is more easily said than done. None of the methods I tried actually managed to do a significant change within a reasonable amount of time. Even mindfulness and meditation didn't really do it for me. If I have to stop and think about being in the moment to actually be in the moment, it is a contradiction in itself, because if I have to think about being in the moment, then I'm not in the moment!
Just for one moment I want you to imagine that you are living totally and completely in the present moment. So completely that any events from the past seems like a distant memory. You can remember the event, the situation and the emotions you had at the time, but since you are totally in the now the memory of the pain doesn't create any fear in the present moment because you are now detached from your past. You can look at the event as a witness, without any reactions or feeling triggered into the fear that something similar might happen again. The key is to be completely present in the moment. There is no fear in the now. Fear exists only in relation to the past or the future. In the now, fear does not exist.
So do you want to know a secret? Do you want to know the shortest path to being in the now and living in the state of ultimate happiness?
It's total and unconditional acceptance of what IS. Acceptance is as if you are being transparent to whatever comes to you. Instead of things hitting you, they just pass through you. You do not take things personal anymore. You become accepting of everything. You do not have any reasons to stress or worry anymore; you can be relaxed and peaceful at all times. You know that for each situation that comes up, you can deal with it, no matter what it is.
And HOW do you do Acceptance?
By coming Home, at the very centre of your Being, to the Light, where "I am", where you are one with Oneness. That is the key to ultimate happiness.
Ultimate Happiness is the result of what happens when you come back home to your core consciousness and reconnect with Oneness.
It's the purest expression of your unlimited potential and the ultimate contribution of your divine and sacred nature into the world.