To be present is to be in a state of consciousness where you are fully aware of your own mind and what is behind your thought processes in this moment, in this place. It is to accept the present, without worrying about the past or the future. Many center their spiritual practices to practice living in the moment, as it is the only moment in which we are alive, as a way to be closest to the Divine. Others use focusing on the present as a way to alleviate anxiety, stress, and grief. Still others use their practice to connect better with others and practice with others. Whatever your motivation, there are many approaches to practicing being present.

“The Momentous Harmony”: An Excerpt from Zen by Alan Watts

There is only one place where we are truly alive, where we come into immediate contact with Reality, and that is now — this present moment. The past was only real when it was the present moment, and the future will only be real when it becomes it. - Alan Watts

Zen Buddhism teaches us of the importance of living in the present

Forget about learning from the past and applying those lessons to the future: reclaim and expand the present moment.

Buddha and the Bulls

A Buddhist practitioner for twenty years, Phil Jackson revolutionized coaching by leading with a Zen approach to the sport that centers on awareness training, selfless teamwork, and “aggressiveness without anger.”

Attention Means Attention

There’s an old Zen story: a student said to Master Ichu, “Please write for me something of great wisdom.” Master Ichu picked up his brush and wrote one word: “Attention.”


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