02/11/2014 08:47 am ET Updated May 30, 2014

The Secret to Living a Joyful Life

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.

Whether before you dwelt in time and paid brief visits to the Now, have your dwellings place in the Now and pay brief visits to the past and future when required to deal with the practical aspects of your life situation.

Always say, "yes" to the present moment.

When your attention moves into the Now, there is an alertness. It is as if you were waking up from a dream, the dream of thought, the dream of past and future. Such clarity, such simplicity. No room for problem making. Just this moment as it is.

The moment you enter the Now with your attention, you realize that life is sacred. There is a sacredness to everything you perceive when you are present. The more you live in the Now, the more you sense the simple yet profound joy of Being and the sacredness of all life. Most people confuse the Now with what happens in the Now, but that's not what it is. The Now is deeper than what happens in it. It is the space in which it happens.


So do not confuse the content of this moment with the Now. The Now is deeper than any content that arises in it.

When you step into the Now, you step out of the content of your mind. The incessant stream of thinking slows down. Thoughts don't absorb all your attention anymore, don't draw you in totally. Gaps arise in between thoughts -- spaciousness, stillness. You begin to realize how much vaster and deeper you are than your thoughts.

How easy it is to remember the truth and thus return home:

I am not my thoughts, emotions, sense perceptions, and experiences.

I am not the content of my life.

I am Life.

I am the space in which all things happen.

I am consciousness.

I am the Now.

I Am.

-- Eckhart Tolle

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