Realize That The Present Moment Is All You Ever Experience

You may have heard this quote somewhere through a spiritual teaching or book before but I cannot emphasize how crucial this statement really is on the whole of reality.

A quote from one of the greatest spiritual teachers.

Why is the present moment all you ever experience?Β 

Well a quick easy way to understand this is by realizing that you can’t experience something which is three weeks away from now, right at this moment.

You cannot suddenly float to the date and place which is three weeks into the future and start experiencing it now, that is completely scientifically impossible… nor can you go back to a certain date in the past and relive it.

The past and the futures only role is thought forms in the mind which happen now or never – when you think of the past, you think about it now and when you anticipate the future through thoughts, you do so now.

So it obviously clear that the past and future have no realities and that the present moment is the only thing we ever truly have through conscious experience.

All creation and life happens now, your life experience is never not this very moment.

However the mind can obscure the reality of the present by getting you to focus on the things you have done before or keep you worried about what may happen in the future, however these are just fictions of the mind and can easily dissolve by becoming constantly aware of the present moment.

There are many ways which you can access the present moment and the best way to access it is to become consciously aware of it through practicing meditation, reminding yourself to be present by asking yourselves questions.

For example here is a very helpful question to help you become present and requires no answer, Am I present now? or you can ask yourself, What at this moment is lacking?… this question also doesn’t require an answer it just points you in the direction of the present moment.

Below is a video by Eckhart Tolle explaining the importance of the NOW.


Say bye to negativityΒ 

Living in alignment with the present moment is a great way for relieving stress, guilt and fear, because when your attention is fully focused on this moment, there is no time for negative emotions, as the NOW is completely free of time.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post about realizing how important the present moment is and that it is all we ever experience.

Feel free to leave a comment in the section below and I’ll respond almost immediately, thanks



Lawrence Gregory

Hi I'm Lawrence. I write about what has helped me heal/recover from high anxiety and panic attacks. Everything I share here comes from personal experience and what I've learnt from others. I write with honesty and with readers in mind, so you'll never see me share something I haven't had any experience with myself.

Reader Comments

  1. Zoe

    Great post – and, whilst I completely agree that living in the present moment is the best way to be, I also believe that there is a space, too, for the past and future within our present…
    …I believe that thinking of the future can help us to project our dreams/goals onto the present moment and thus encourage us to take steps towards them… whilst thinking of the past (as long as it’s not ruminating on negative experiences) can teach us so many lessons – or even be used as an anchor for transferring positive emotions from past experiences into the present!! πŸ™‚
    But yes, I completely agree that we should say goodbye to negativity!! πŸ™‚ We just have to realise that negativity can sometimes be present in the present moment too – and, in those instances, we may have to look to our more positive past experiences to override the negative in the moment…
    Just a thought

    • Lawrence Gregory

      Hello there πŸ™‚
      Thanks for the comment.
      Yes the future can be good for setting goals and dreams whilst taking each step in the present moment and the past is useful so we can learn from our mistakes and not repeat them πŸ™‚

  2. Brooke M.

    Hi, Lawrence. We all get so caught up worrying about what we have done in the past, holding ourselves prisoner to the fact we cannot change our wrongdoings, or spend too much time worrying about all the things that are yet to come. We do this too often, and torture ourselves. I am notorious for making myself a prisoner. It is sometimes too difficult to live in the moment, as until you know how to get yourself to that place, all you can do is try, right? I have to remind myself to take things one day at a time, take it as it comes, and just relax. Is this going to affect me tomorrow? Next week? Next month? How about next year? I find myself getting great relief from relaxing music. Helps my cats, too :]

    Thanks for the reminder :]

    • Lawrence Gregory

      Hey Brooke πŸ™‚

      Awesome Comment!

      Yes cats can be like zen masters, all you have to do is watch one and see how relaxed and surrendered it is to the flow of life.

      I think it’s only hard to live in the moment if you resist it and make it into an enemy, so really all you have to do is give up to the now and accept what is. Life begins to run more joyfully and effortlessly that way πŸ™‚

      Thanks Lawrence

  3. Cat

    Hi Lawrence, thank you for this post it is very helpful.
    I often find myself worrying about things in the future so much that its does distract me from the present moment, when really there is nothing I can do about it right now, I need to stop running away from the present moment.
    I like your technique and will try to remember to ask myself ‘if I am present’ right now to bring myself back into conscienceness πŸ™‚

    • Lawrence Gregory

      Hey Cat πŸ™‚
      this is very common for most people, we have all experienced times in our lives when we are focusing to much on the past and future when really we should be living and enjoying each moment in the now, some people are more prone to living in time than others.

      I’ve learnt to use time for practical purposes of my life, this would be known as clock time, for example arranging to meet someone at a certain time or planning a trip, however after the planning has been done, I return to the present moment. I completely avoid psychological time, which is memory of the past and anticipation of the future.


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