living in the now

i recently finished reading eckhart tolle's
"a new earth: awakening to your life's purpose"
which is a follow up to "the power of now."
it seems that one of his main messages is to live in the moment,
and to make every moment the best you can possibly make it,
because the present moment is all there really is.

for example,
he says that if you're walking somewhere,
your purpose at that moment is to be walking
and you should pour yourself into the walk
and be fully present in the fact that you're walking.
your secondary purpose is to get where you're going,
but you don't have to deal with that until you get there.
right now you're just walking.

i find that interesting,
but i also struggle with how to apply this to my everyday life.
i am a multi-tasker by nature
and the past few years of student-life
coupled with simultaneously working several part-time jobs
has fully ingrained this skill into my brain
so that i multi-task now without thinking about it.
i'm realizing that it's harder than i thought
to let go of everything in my head
and just walk.

i'm also a planner,
and i get really hung up on planning for the future.
i know i probably do it a bit too much,
and it's something i could definitely let relax in my mind a little
but it's also ingrained in me
and it's harder said than done to just let go and be.

that doesn't mean that we can't look to the future
or that we can't have goals or ambitions.
it doesn't mean we should just accept where we are now
and never strive to make change in our lives.
it simply means that change doesn't happen overnight,
and if you're not happy or able to accept where you are now,
then the starting point of your journey
(to whatever it is you're trying to achieve)
will be wrought with anxiety, stress, disappointment & unhappiness.
and how do you ever expect to eventually get to happiness
when every moment you experience leading up to
what you think will make you happy
is filled with unhappiness because you're not there yet?

part of lululemon's manifesto is
breathe deeply and appreciate the moment.
living in the moment could be the meaning of life.
and i'm starting to believe it.

life is a journey,
but we're never going to get where we want to go
if we don't start here and now
and take it one moment at a time.

all images from weheartit


  1. Anonymous9/3/10

    Great post and great pictures.

  2. You know, what a beautiful profound post today Meg. I usually read your blog in google reader even though I don't have much time in my day anymore to place comments.

    I think being present in the moment is one of the most difficult things to learn. (at least for me)

    I am now going to a counselor to try and learn to stay focused now and to stay more present in the moment.

    Letting go is sometimes very difficult for me, but I'm willing to learn.

    So I guess that is at least one step in the right direction.

  3. very insightful meg, that is one of my problems, i am always in a hurry, i tend to overlook a lot of small things. and they say, it's always the small things that matter. have a great day!

  4. This is something I hear often. It is so hard for me to do! When I'm walking I'm thinking about what time it is, if I'm going to be late, if I'm late what am I going to do, I can't be late because that will throw my whole day off, man I wish i had exercised more because my legs are starting to hurt from all this power walking. I think it's the culture we live in. Time is money and you better be making the most of it. People are valued by how much they can accomplish, how little sleep they can get, and if they have it all.

    I'm going to try this today on the way to my class. I'm going to look around and really focus on my walk.

  5. So wise! I need to start living in the now.

  6. Great post.

    Being a huge planner myself, sometimes I find it really hard to focus on the things in the moment.

    I think it's not so much concentrating on ONLY the task at hand, but to take care and JOY in what you're doing, even if it's something like walking to a certain destination.

  7. CUTE!! Love this post!! Your blog is so gorgeous!

  8. wow where is that picture of with all the colorful homes! its super funky! i like it.

  9. Thanks so much for this post. I've been struggling recently with life and its bumps in the road and realized that I've been forgetting to appreciate the now. I'm trying to get back on track. Maybe those books you mentioned will help. I'll check them out!

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  12. I loved this book. It's all so inspiring, yet easier said than done. I'm trying to live in the moment though... we'll see how it goes!


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