Whenever I hear someone talk about “being in the now,” I am reminded of Ram Das’ book. When asked what he meant when he said BE HERE NOW, he said “Being in the moment, at ease with whatever comes one’s way, becomes contentment. This practice allows me to be present to love and serve others and to express unconditional love in the world. When you are fully in the moment, this moment is all there is.”
My spirit guide Holly frequently reminds me of this concept in messages like this one:
February 13, 2017: When you found that your watch battery had apparently died and then started up again, Spirit was reminding you to live in the NOW. Do not race so far into the future. This is the only time that is real – NOW. Every time you look at your watch, you will be reminded of this. Planning is important, but now is where all of living takes place. Do not put off taking care of your body, mind, spirit.
March 1, 2017: You have already learned to slow down, experience joy, feel alive, and now that will be enhanced. You feel a bit “floaty” right now, and that is a good sign. Do not grasp, worry, fear. Allow the pineal gland to work its magic. You will experience just how divine this life is. Life at an advanced level is Love. There are struggles where you are — people are acting from fear and contraction. You are going to step out of this fear and into the reality of pure Love. Do not fear losing the life you have. The Love is already here — just step into it, bathe in it, be it.
My husband was a wide receiver at UCLA, so his body got banged up quite a bit during practices and games. The result has been osteoarthritis and multiple joint replacements. And those surgeries have sometimes required revisions and re-hospitalizations. More than twenty years ago, when he required a heart valve repair, my brain was full of all kinds of worries and what-ifs, and the anxiety before the surgery was almost more than I could bear. What I have learned during the past two decades, and my husband’s dozen hospitalizations, is that being in the NOW is the only place to be. I now allow all things to unfold as they will, and the support and guidance I need to navigate the challenging times is always there for me. On the other hand, when I worry into the future, I am always doing that worrying on my own, with no support.
UCLA 45 – USC 20, November 1970
Whatever challenges you are facing, remember that it is in the NOW that you get the most support from friends, family, and Spirit. Worrying about future events is seldom helpful, and may serve to deplete your emotional resources. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly (June 2, 2021)