Living in the Present Moment

Breathe deeply from your lower abdomen. Maintain an erect posture or gait. Remain within the profundity of your feelings and body sensations, which releases fear-based feelings from your body. As fear-based feelings release, more loving feelings naturally float up into your consciousness. This makes it so much easier to generate positive attitudes. 

The attitude you are generating at any moment is the spiritual speed that you are evolving down the highway of life. At the attitude of anger, you are hardly moving at all and the best definition of your progress is “same stuff, different day.” When you make a daily practice of feeling all the built-up feelings, which releases them, it is easy to maintain an attitude of at least gratitude. At this spiritual speed, life is changing quickly around you.

Consider this: There is nothing that exists that should not be. What is, is. Your work, your relationships and every lesson that appears to come at you actually comes from within you, generated by your own spirit and soul. Everything, down to the most minute occurrence in your life, is meant to teach or nurture you. Life keeps getting better when you train yourself to say yes to all of life’s lessons, to cherish everyone around you and all that you are experiencing.

What you resist persists: Protesting takes you out of the present moment. The instant you protest what is, your brain takes control of your life. Thinking “that should not be,” or “I should not have to be doing this,” whisks you out of the moment, and right into the world of time. Your sympathetic nervous system (fight, fright, flight) takes over and there you are, back in the world of pain and suffering.

Protesting any life lesson is very much like rowing out against the incoming tide, really bending the oars to get where you are going, expending an awful lot of energy with very little to show for the efforts. Protesting life’s lessons is exclusionary thinking.

We live in an inclusive universe: All the operating systems in our world are inclusive. All of our physical sciences and laws—from physics, chemistry, astronomy, to the laws that determine how you attract friends, health, intelligence, abundance, or goodness into your life—are based upon inclusion. All of them!

Making choices based on inclusion is like rowing with the tide. You hardly have to row to go for miles. You are in harmony with the natural laws of the universe. What you love, loves you back. What you seek, seeks you with equal intensity. Love draws you into ever more loving situations.

As you learn to awaken sooner and stay awake longer, your realities become more inclusive. As more people wake up, they create more inclusive programs and situations for others to plug into. Your contributions are essential. They give newly awakening people vessels into which they can pour their energies.

Your health and well-being flourish on every level.

Focusing on what you love gently moves you toward your heart’s desires. Worry, on the other hand, creates more to worry about. Your life is always moving you toward greater health and more to love, or toward “dis-ease,” fear, aches pains, dysfunction and then, over time, into disease. Because transformation and change are the only constants in the universe, allow them to constantly move you in the direction of what you love.

You can focus on what you love, or you can focus on what distresses you. You get to choose. You always have the choice. You create your own world. Then you live in it.

Excerpted from Body Intelligence, A New Paradigm by John L. Mayfield, D.C.