What does it mean?
What does it mean to you as a human of today’s society?
In Hinduism and Buddhism, this term is used to define the highest state of consciousness that can be achieved whilst in the physical world.
Simply put, it’s a state where you are able to fully understand a concept.
But true enlightenment goes so much deeper than that.
What if I told you that enlightenment starts the minute that you realise something quite obscure.
What if I told you that it begins the minute you realise that time does not exist? – I mean, in a physical sense, yes, it does exist.
It exists in the way that our lives are structured around a 24-hour clock, that’s a fact.
It exists in the way that time can only move forward, and never back, but maybe time can teach us much more than we realise.
Maybe the understanding of time is one of the many keys we need to open the gate to enlightenment.
Here’s one way that you can think about time, it’s a man made construct which has been implemented as a way to gain order in what would otherwise be a chaos.
The only time that we have is the time that we are currently in, that is the NOW.
The past no longer exists, we can not go back there and the future? – Well, the future hasn’t occurred yet, no matter how much we prepare for it, it always has the upper hand.
When you think about it in this way, you can begin to understand why our presence in the now is the key to happiness.
It’s the only time that we have.
Eckhart Tolle, the author of ‘The Power of Now’, discusses in his work, that perhaps the reason why anxiety and depression are so prevalent within modern day society, has something to do with our lack of presence.
People who are constantly looking back, they usually struggle with depression, and people who are always looking forward (myself included), struggle with anxiety, always worrying about what’s around the corner.
If we are able to focus on the moment at hand, we are able to be fully present.
The first step that we need to take to ‘step into’ the now, is to realise, that we’re not in the present moment, and to accept it as being okay, only when you can accept it, can you work on it.
Since coming to this realisation I have found that I am much more focused on the given moment, as opposed to stressing out about the future, which hasn’t even happened yet.
With this sense of presence comes a sense of utter gratitude, and gratitude = good vibes = good energy, which is basically the law of attraction.