Living the present moment

Means to be realistic about the factor time

And knowing what is happening now evidently

Is known to us crystal clearly

We can change the gears of our action

At this moment without much complication

Because presently, we are alive to the situation

Which is unfolding right before our eyes now

‘Now’ has immense power of its own

Since our mind has almost negligible role in ‘now’

It can totally change our responses

And sincerity of purpose we espouse

Thence this ‘now’ will transform into then

Then it will not be in our hands

To retrieve what we’ve  lost

Willy-nilly with our own efforts

Or not keeping the ‘now’ with tight sheath

What we gained is our gain for the coming moments

And what we’ve  lost is lost  for all time to come

Coming time depends on what we’ve done presently

That too with full awareness – knowingly

And also what is destined partly

That which is not within our control entirely

Our mind works for past and  future profusely.


In essence, many a times we tend to forget our past mistakes, incidents and mishaps. For some of these events and incidents partly we are responsible or may be  partly

others too are responsible. But common thread in all these is that all these past events or incidents leave an indelible impression on us.  In all these, we have not to take a dramatic view of it all. We’ve to be rational in our thoughts and actions. Our commitment to the present moment should be final arbiter with the total belief in self  and God. With this, God’s love will flow. In Bible it has rightly been said:

Let Him lead me to the banquet hall

And let His banner over me be love.


Evidently, it has been rightly said that our past is dead thus should be forgotten as such as a bad dream. But in real life, we do not run away from the past events and incidents since everything which we experience leave indelible impression on us; we realize it or not, that is bit different. A recent research has revealed that the human brain stays 15 seconds in the past and this visual lag gives stability to the world at large. Therefore, some of  the past experiences could serve us well.
When we commit a mistake unintentionally; without realizing that we’re mistaken, such a commission of mistake should provide us realization that we should not commit such a mistake again. Repetition of a mistake is irrational. It is not that we shall not commit any mistake since the one who transacts something commits mistake naturally.


Those who sit only day dreaming hardly can make difference. We have to exert hard in realization of our dream into reality. We should follow the theory of ‘Trial and error method’ of learning new things. Taking cues of the renowned inventors and discoverers, their lives centered around unmatched focus on their projects. Such people with rare traits did not attain success in first attempt, there may be failings many a times but their persistence and perseverance paid dividends ultimately.  They performed their Karmic deeds for the attainment of a goal without being overly concerned about the results of their Karma which has been rightly enunciated in Bhagwad Gita.


A sound adult perspective of attainment of maturity after gaining umpteen experiences helps. When we speak of constant worry, this implies a present situation that needs handling with due diligence, and again, we need sympathetic sound advice if  needed. Otherwise, the residue of guilt, shame or anxiety from the past sordid remains impacting us psychologically as emotional debt. In other words, the past is coming back to haunt our present life. When such thoughts occur, we should not throw them away or, at the other extreme, allow them to fester. Sitting quietly with eyes closed for some time and introspect, take a few deep breath will make difference. When we feel calmer, breathe normally and let the thought be in our mind. Vividly see what the thought is, then quietly we should say to ourselves, ‘I am not going to remain stuck with the past event since past is dead and time is a great healer.’ If the unethical thought still persists, then, revisit the event and experience it again if at all you can. There is every possibility that you will realize the uselessness of its remembering an unethical event/incident.


Dealing the past legacy of  bad incidents, if we develop the habit of living in the present moment while keeping the past events in the backburner of our mind, then we can live with serenity and in peace. If we develop the habit of dealing with our past in this way, we shall bring ourselves back into the present after approximately 15  seconds of living in the past, which is the only real-time, the time where life takes place. This is the reality with which we can live and perform our day’s routines; bereft of too much attachment with past, which anyhow is dead.

In essence, there are people who suffer the most despite best efforts then there are some imponderables which cannot be swept under the carpet. Are these sufferings due to the consequence of their past Kukarma (Bad Karmic Deed) of their present and past lives put together? It may be since our thoughts and actions thereof determine our present state. Therefore, it should be our endeavor to live spiritually oriented life, perform our respective duties sincerely and never think ill of others while living with detached mindset bereft of any expectations from others.

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  1. Living in the present moment means living with reality. Please appraise the write up and offer your invaluable comments.



  2. Dear Harbans,

    Indeed, I would like to thank you very much for sharing your many insights into LIVING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT. In turn, I would like to reciprocate as follows:

    If mindfulness touches something beautiful, it reveals its beauty. If it touches something painful, it transforms it and heals it.

    – Thích Nhất Hạnh

    Quoting Elizabeth Thornton as follows:

    Mindfulness is a way of being present: paying attention to and accepting what is happening in our lives. It helps us to be aware of and step away from our automatic and habitual reactions to our everyday experiences.

    As a matter of fact, being present in the moment with awareness and (engaged) mindfulness is a topic that I have quite a lot to convey in a highly engaging and expansive post entitled “🔄📈📉 Change Rules and Moment Matters: How to Stay in the Moment 🔖🕰️🔂“, published at

    I have been improving the post in the last few days even more extensively, and it now has even more features, including additional music and even more illustrations and animations. This post also discusses mindfulness, meditation, spirituality, religion, Nature and so on. I welcome your input since I am curious to know what you make of my said post as well as your perspectives on those matters discussed in my post. I look forward to savouring your feedback there!

    Wishing you a mindful and suitably productive weekend doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most, both intellectually and spiritually!

    Happy September to you soon!

    Yours sincerely,

    1. Thanks a million for your invaluable input. Your comments are always inspirational.

      Your write up on MINDFULNESS is quite topical and valuable for the readers. QUOTATIONS by the prominent writers and thinkers are obviously very relevant covering focused attention.

      I view mindfulness as a process of concentrating on the subject at hand; just detached attention to the topic we are delving on. As our mind remains wavering from one topic or event to another which we must have experienced. Recent research tells us that we visit the past event at least for 15 seconds and then come back to the present moment.

      Then, mindful of our duties and responsibilities. We cannot remain immune to the questions which are posed to us by our friends and well wishers. They form part of our sphere of influence/activity therefore we cannot ignore their influence on our life.

      Then we have to be mindful on the manner in which we deal with older members of society including our preachers/teachers/Gurus; those who have influenced our life.

      We have also be mindful of what we speak or the language we use since what we convey others and the way of discourse determines the value system we have adopted from our parents, peers etc. Ignoring how best to conduct ourselves and the language we speak influences others. But care ought to be exercised that our conversation or interaction should neither be monologue not clear flattery which could be understood.

      We have to be mindful that we should not have egocentric tendencies; self importance may create negative feelings for us.

      Finally, what we expect from others for ourselves should be done by us for others too. Therefore, being mindful that we do not showcase our anger, jealousy, self centeredness or any other negative trait which not only is self destructive but also shows our intolerant attitude.

      Finally, being mindful that our habits, attitude, behaviour etc. do not come in the way of leading a spiritually oriented existence will certainly lead us to the attainment of purpose of our life; connectivity with our OMNIPOTENT & OPNIPOTENT GOD for MOKSHA.

      With regards,


      1. Dear Harbans,

        I am delighted by your detailed and reasoned reply. Thank you very much. I would be very grateful if you would kindly leave a comment in my post entitled “🔄📈📉 Change Rules and Moment Matters: How to Stay in the Moment 🔖🕰️🔂” as a token of your visit. You are very welcome to copy and paste some or all of your previous reply as part of your forthcoming comment to be submitted to the comment section of the post, to which your esteemed reply clearly pertains and also belongs. Please feel free to expand on your comment if you have additional matters to convey about the post and any salient aspects of its contents. Thank you in anticipation.

        Yours sincerely,

  3. Harbansji, here you have given (in poet’s rhythmic flow) the terrific account of the ways in which we can retort with a realistic & crystal clear response to the need of the present moment !This needs to be the commitment to the present crisis instead of keeping immersed under the worrisome burden of the past events(although the past has its role in bestowing us with precious lessons to introspect & learn not to repeat any wrongdoings in life)!All your readers should be grateful to your goodself for the lessons on how to live in the present in order to perform our respective duties sincerely! Have a nice day Sir 🌷💕🙏🏾

    1. CHAUHAN SIR, thanks a million for your most significant commentary on the write up.

      Actually, remaining stuck with the past means we cannot have any forward looking journey ahead. This time lag have to be understood and followed to the book otherwise, we shall be ruining our present for the sake of dead past.




      Facts stand out that if we keep sticking on the past incidents and events then we shall not be doing anything tangible at the present moment though, the past events should give us experience to proceed and not to repeat mistakes of the past.



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