We all know how important living in the moment is – it’s not like this is news to anyone anymore. Why, then, is it still so hard to do?
Because to truly live in the moment means to embrace death. And nothing is less appealing at first glance. Writing this sentence felt a bit morbid already – I hope reading it wasn’t worse.
That doesn’t make it any less true, though. Living in the moment means no longer holding on to a past that doesn’t exist. It is to fully accept that everything that was is no more and will never be again – from that embarrassing moment of calling your elementary school teacher “mum” by accident (yes, that happened) to the sublime moment of embracing a loved one and anything in between.
This very moment is slipping into the void too fast for us to ever catch hold of it. Just like every moment that came before it, and every moment that we still get to experience.
In other words, at any given time, we are witnessing the death of a moment. So to remain present is to surrender to death in every moment. But surrendering to the reality of death does not mean dwelling on it. It means being liberated from it.
It means allowing ourselves to perceive the present as ever fresher, newer, and more worthwhile. Because the more we succeed in allowing the past to die, the more we can witness the present eternally born again with every moment.
After all, reality is what it is. Our choice lies in how we perceive it.