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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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

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

— Yoga Journal

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

— Abraham Lincoln

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.

— Alan Watts

We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.

— Alan Watts

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.

— Anaïs 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

True holiness is completely unself-conscious. You wouldn’t have the slightest awareness of its existence in you. Besides you will not care, for even the ambition to be holy will have dropped as you live from moment to moment a life made full and happy and transparent through awareness.

— Anthony de Mello

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

— Audre Lorde

How often one sees people looking far and wide for what they are holding in their hands? Why! I am doing it myself at this very moment.

— Augustus William Hare

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

Do you know the relation of time to this little life of ours? We have only the present moment; your consciousness of that is your existence. Your knowledge of each present moment as it passes—and it passes so swiftly that each word I speak now overlaps it—yet it is all we have. For all the rest, for what has gone by and what is yet coming—that has no real existence; it is all a dream. It is not alive. It is not! It is—nothing!

— Booth Tarkington, The Guest of Quesnay

The Hopi Indians of Arizona believe that our daily rituals and prayers literally keep this world spinning on its axis. For me, feeding the seagulls is one of those everyday prayers.

— Brenda Peterson

What is the biggest thing that stops people from living their lives in the present moment? Fear – and we must learn how to overcome fear.

— Brian Weiss

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

— Buddha

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

— Buddha

There is no other day. All days are present now. This moment contains all moments.

— C. S. Lewis

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)

I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time.

— Charles M. Schulz

The present moment is significant, not as the bridge between past and future, but by reason of its contents — contents which can fill our emptiness and become ours, if we are capable of receiving them.

— Dag Hammarskjöld

Do not look back. And do not dream about the future, either. It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams. Your duty, your reward—your destiny—are here and now.

— Dag Hammarskjöld

Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity.

— Daniel Barenboim

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

It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time and be bored all the while.

— Don Marquis

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

The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.

— Eckhart Tolle
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