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We all are living in present - present age, present year, present month, present day and present hour. None of us are living neither in the past age, nor in future age. Then why is it that we are all being advised to live in the present? What does it mean?
It means we are not living in the present. Of course we are living in the present physically and emotionally. We roll on every year by counting the years by saying I am young, I am middle aged, I am an old man, I am healthy, I am happy, so on and so forth. But we are still branded as not living in the present. Why? What does it really mean?
Yes. It is true that we are not living in the present; although we are living at the moment. What does it mean? It means, we are mentally either in the past or in the future. We are simply not aware of this.
Awareness means it is present. Unaware means it is either past or future - certainly not present. Emotionally, we are living without awareness. Hence, always we are either in the past or future.
How to live in present?
There is a technique to live in the present. The moment you focus your mind on the breath in the nostrils, you are in the present. Because when you are in the awareness that you are inhaling and exhaling, your mind does not wander to the past or future. In this state, we are in the present. In this state, it is not possible to think of the past or future.
Our ancient rishis have devised techniques like yoga, meditation, walking, etc. Walking means walk with awareness. Take a step. Slowly raise your leg and slowly keep your feet forward on the ground with full awareness. Feel any sensation you have while raising the leg and feel the touch and any sensation in the feet. This walking technique is called as Chankramana. Of course you have to study and practice these techniques under the guidance of a yoga teacher. Please do not practice on your own.
We should live with mindfulness/awareness. Then only, we are living in the present.
- Raghavendrachar (Yoga shikshak & sujok acupuncturist), Bangalore, India