Life is accessible only in the present moment.
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.
Life is available only in the present moment.
If you take care of each moment, you will take care of all time.
No one has ever lived in the past or the future, only the now.
This moment contains all moments.
The present is a point just passed.
Now is now. It can never be a long time ago.
That which is time, is timeless, is found now.
Heaven is home. Utopia is here. Nirvana is now.
Time is not a line, but a series of now points.
Give up all hope for results and be in the moment.
Living is a thing you do now or never -- which do you?
The present is the point at which time touches eternity.
Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine.
Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.
Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?—every, every minute?
The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
Do not dwell in the past. Do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
There is no doing it right; there's just being with what is as wholeheartedly as the moment allows.
Love in the past is only a memory. Love in the future is a fantasy. Only here and now can we truly love.
While you are walking, smile and be in the here and now, and you will transform that place into paradise.
Handling the present moment with all your attention, all your intelligence, is already building a future.
You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.
The present is all that they can give up, since that is all you have, and what you do not have, you cannot lose.
The address of the buddhas and the bodhisattvas is "here and now." That is the address of happiness, the address of life.
In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes: so with present time.
Yesterday is already gone. Tomorrow is not yet here. Today is the only day available to us; it is the most important day of our lives.
Remember, remember this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to be acutely aware of all I've taken for granted.
Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time. Some people bear three— all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.
Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be, but what will happen in all the other days that ever come, can depend upon what you do today.
There's a reason they call God a presence—because God is right here, right now. In the present is the only place to find Him, and now is the only time.
There are two ways to wash the dishes. The first is to wash the dishes in order to have clean dishes and the second is to wash the dishes in order to wash the dishes.
Forget everything else. Keep hold of this alone and remember it: Each of us lives only now, this brief instant. The rest has been lived already, or is impossible to see.
As a result of these symbolic temporal relations, most people tend to live more in the verbally remembered past and the verbally imagined future than in the present moment.
Accept — then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.
This is your own time. This spot where you sit is your own spot. It is on this very spot and in this very moment that you can become enlightened. You don't have to sit beneath a special tree in a distant land. Practice like this for a few months, and you will begin to know a profound and renewing delight.
Your true home is in the here and the now. It is not limited by time, space, nationality, or race. Your true home is not an abstract idea; it is something you can touch and live in every moment. With mindfulness and concentration, the energies of the Buddha, you can find your true home in the full relaxation of your mind and body in the present moment.
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 nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.
The heart of Buddhist practice is to generate our own presence in such a way that we can touch deeply the life that is here and available in every moment. We have to be here for ourselves; we have to be here for the people we love; we have to be here for life with all its wonders. The message of our Buddhist practice is simple and clear: "I am here for you.".
Be there truly. Be there with 100 percent of yourself. In every moment of your daily life. That is the essence of true Buddhist meditation. Each of us knows that we can do that, so let us train to live each moment of our daily life deeply. That is why I like to define mindfulness as the energy that helps us to be there 100 percent. It is the energy of your true presence.
The teaching of the Buddha tells you clearly and plainly to make this the most magnificent and wonderful moment of your life. This present moment must become the most wonderful moment in your life. All you need to transform this present moment into a wonderful one is freedom. All you need to do is free yourself from your worries and preoccupations about the past, the future, and so on.
Because I don't live in either my past or my future. I'm interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you'll be a happy man. You'll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we're living right now.
You can make a step and touch the earth in such a way that you establish yourself in the present moment, and you will arrive in the here and the now. You don't need to make any effort at all. Your foot touches the earth mindfully, and you arrive firmly in the here and the now. And suddenly you are free — free from all projects, all worries, all expectations. You are fully present, fully alive, and you are touching the earth.
To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. This creates an endless preoccupation with past and future and an unwillingness to honor and acknowledge the present moment and allow it to be. The compulsion arises because the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.
All kinds of desires are the continuation of our original desire to be safe. The little child in us continues to worry and be fearful. In the present moment there's no problem, no threat. If we don't have a problem in the present moment, it means we don't have a problem. Why continue to worry and be fearful? We have to transmit that wisdom to the inner child. We need to let the child within us know that he or she no longer has to be afraid.
Do you have a problem right now, in this moment? Look at yourself in your physical form, your feelings, your perceptions. Do you have a problem? If we see that we don't have any problem at all in the present moment, we shouldn't let the ghosts of the past dominate us. We should not let the projections of the past or the future break us down. They're just ghosts. That's why we train ourselves to always be in the present moment. That's our practice. That's our path. It's the way to reconciliation.
The practice of mindfulness doesn't forbid us to plan for the future. It's best not to lose ourselves in uncertainty and fear over the future, but if we're truly established in the present moment, we can bring the future to the here and the now, and make plans. We're not losing the present moment when we think about the future. In fact, the present moment contains both past and future. The only material that the future is made of is the present. If you know how to handle the present in the best way you can, that's all you can do for the future. Handling the present moment with all your attention, all your intelligence, is already building a future.