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In the moment, now, what is possible? Living in the present, instead of the past and the future, is an ancient practice and a modern technique, adding perspective, calm, openness, and relaxation to our lives.

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Each time you focus on your breath, each time you relax and listen to your feelings, you open yourself to the present.

— Yoga Journal

Do not worry about tomorrow’s trouble, for you do not know what the day may bring. Tomorrow may come and you will be no more, and so you will have worried about a world that is not yours!

— Talmud Bavli

The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.

— Abraham Lincoln

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.

— Anais Nin

The here and now is all we have, and if we play it right it’s all we’ll need

— Ann Richards

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

— Anne Frank

Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.

— Audre Lorde

Days are scrolls; write on them what you want to be remembered.

— Bahya Ibn Pakud

Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer.

— Barbara De Angelis

I live one day at a time. Each day I look for a kernel of excitement. In the morning, I say: ‘What is my exciting thing for today?’ Then, I do the day. Don’t ask me about tomorrow.

— Barbara Jordan

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.

— Buddha

Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.

— Captain Jean-Luc Picard (character in Star Trek)

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

— Denis Waitley

Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.

— Doris Lessing

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

— E. B. White

Everyone looks upon the world from a different angle. Every person becomes individualized through dealing with life. In the workshop of daily living the soul is born. The daily tasks is the anvil on which one must beat out one’s selfhood.

— Felix Adler

Artists do not experiment. Experiment is what scientists do; they initiate an operation of unknown factors to be instructed by its results. An artist puts down what he knows and at every moment it is what he knows at that moment.

— Gertrude Stein

You better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.

— Harriet Martineau

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

— Henry David Thoreau

Do not look back on happiness or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.

— Henry Ward Beecher

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?

— Hillel the Elder

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.

— James Oppenheim

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now.

— Joan Baez

Live each day as if your life had just begun.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world. Stand in your own dooryard and you have eight thousand miles of solid ground beneath you, and all the sidereal splendors overhead.

— John Borroughs

How long can we be patient? We want our freedom and we want it now.

— John Lewis

There are certain ways in which I cultivate awareness, both through mindful yoga and taking care of my body and taking time to actually drop as deeply as possible into stillness, into whatever is unfolding in the present moment.

— Jon Kabat-Zinn

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence;
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And Tomorrow is only a Vision;
But Today well lived makes every
Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, and every
Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn.

— Kalidasa, from the Sanskrit

And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.

— Marcus Aurelius

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.

— Margaret Bonnano
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