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Living in the Present Moment

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. One of the best, unforeseen consequences of simplifying our lives is it has allowed us to begin living our lives in the present moment.
Living in the present moment means no longer worrying about what happened in the past and not fearing what will happen in the future. It means enjoying what’s happening now and living for today.
To understand that past and future are both nonexistential… all that you have got is a very small moment: this very moment. You don’t even get two moments together. When one moment is gone, you get another moment. You always have only one moment in your hands; and it is so small and so fleeting, that if you are thinking of the past and the future, you will miss it. And that is the only life and the only reality there is.
Understanding this whole process, one thing becomes certain: why the mind avoids the present, which is the real, and why it tries to get involved with past and future, which are not real. As one tries to understand that, one thing becomes clear: that in the present moment, mind cannot exist.
Mind is simply a collection of memories of the past, and – out of those memories – imagination about the future.
Mind does not know three tenses. It knows only two: past and future.
Present is nonexistential to the mind. The existential is nonexistential to the mind; and the non-existentials are existential to the mind. Hence the whole effort is how to get out of the mind, how to get out of the non-existentials and to stand in the middle – where existence is.
How to be in the present? – That is the whole knack of meditation. To be more and more in a state of no-mind. Just go on removing memories, imagination, to clean and clear the present moment. And as it deepens, as you become more and more capable of no-mind
Once you have experienced that juice, mind starts losing its grip on you because you have found something which is qualitatively so high, so fulfilling, such a tremendous contentment, that mind feels its function is finished.
You continue to live, but now your living is moment to moment; and what you have got as a by-product in that small gap of no-mind goes on growing. There is no end to that growth.
If you drop the mind, suddenly you become happy for no reason at all. Then happiness is just natural, just as you breathe. For breathing, you need not be even aware; you simply go on breathing. Conscious, unconscious, awake, asleep—you go on breathing. Happiness is exactly like that.

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