Live Fully Now… But What Does That Actually Mean?

Live Fully Now... But What Does That Mean

By Open

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

I recently found an interesting video of some Alan Watts philosophy. It offers a very powerful essay in living in the now; about how we’re so often programmed in society to look to goals and aspirations ahead of us; so much so, we don’t actually live in the moment, and what’s worse, we don’t fully engage with the moment. (Here’s a link to the video, which so accurately expresses the mainstream view about ‘living in the moment’.)

But I ask: Why is it that so many people actually do strive for some future aspiration? Is it all negative, or is there something positive about it too?

Let’s look at that.

Firstly let me say I totally agree with the concept of being completely and utterly in the moment — with absolute commitment to it. For only then, will it be successful and fulfilling. But maybe there’s more to this moment than initially meets the eye?

In my world, we have the power of vision because we can actually create the future through us. Since there is only one moment of now, then in that landscape, there must be parts of the past we’ve just left ‘behind us’, as well as parts landing from the future ‘jigsaw’. If I can feel and intuit that flow of energy as it leads into the future, then I’m going to amplify that energy and….. actually bring it into being. And I would put it to you my friends, that’s actually why we’re in a physical world in the first place, at least partially — to enjoy the creative process in a physical way. In other words, to bring the divine into being.

So then, maybe there’s a balance to be struck?

Yes I agree, if you’re trying to envision and manifest the future you would want — what the separated ego wants — then, as it says in the video below, the strong possibility is you might miss what actually happens, and not enjoy the life you’re living right now.

But being in the flow however — the divine flow — is something entirely different. If you’re continually confronting the distorted desires of the ego and letting them go, then you create space for true beingness to arise through you; one aspect of which, is actually being able to read the flow of events. If you can do this, then you can bring your creative expression to bear within the flow; in which case, you manifest all manner of wonderful co-creations.

However, if you keep dissolving those sparks of inspiration because you’re somehow efforting to be in the moment — switching all thought off for example — then it’s likely to lead to a very suppressed and unfulfilled life.

So yes, let’s be in the moment, but let’s make sure we’re in the fullness of the moment: let’s make sure we’re amplifying beingness around what feels right and aligned as we bring into reality the divine that wants to flow through us. Let’s create the future, now in this moment, by taking a full and active part in it. But without attachment to it!

Follow your Joy, Follow the Sun

It’s paramount for this path that we discover our Joy and follow it. The path is not always easy of course — far from it — but tuning into what brings joy and upliftment often brings us into the abode of the soul. It’s a sense of ‘rightness’, where you feel alive and in the groove of your core being.

Take time out, relax, switch off the synthetic distractions. Breathe. Meditate. Be in nature. Let go of all need to achieve. Just be. It’ll cause you to unwind inside, to expand, and centre in the soul. Then, life guides you to better choices — those more aligned with your destiny. Life becomes increasingly harmonious. That’s what this video communicates to me. Take a couple of moments, breathe, and enjoy…

Happy flowing.

(on behalf of Openhand)

PS: Here’s a related article that goes deeper into the fullness of the moment: The Consciousness Landscape.

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