Eckhart Tolle is a German-born resident of Canada, best known for his books THE POWER OF NOW and A NEW EARTH. He is considered to be one of the most spiritually influential people in the world. This is his advice on how to live in the present moment: Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences. Always say 'yes' to the present moment... Surrender to what is. Say 'yes' to life - and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you. The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present. People don't realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind. Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life. It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up. When you get into your car, shut the door and be there for just half a minute. Breathe, feel the energy inside your body, look around at the sky, the trees. The mind might tell you, 'I don't have time.' But that's the mind talking to you. Even the busiest person has time for 30 seconds of space. People look to time in expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future. Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make. Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now. When you wash your hands, when you make a cup of coffee, when you're waiting for the elevator - instead of indulging in thinking, these are all opportunities for being there as a still, alert presence. The only thing you ever have is now. I'm grateful for always this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes. When you take your attention into the present moment, a certain alertness arises. You become more conscious of what's around you, but also, strangely, a sense of presence that is both within and without. Narrow your life down to this moment. Your life situation may be full of problems - most life situations are - but find out if you have a problem at this moment. Do you have a problem now? The soul is your innermost being. The presence that you are beyond form. The consciousness that you are beyond form, that is the soul. That is who you are in essence. If you are not living this moment, you are not really living. The more you live in the present moment, the more the fear of death disappears. [And all other worries.] Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live. You can always cope with the present moment, but you cannot cope with something that is only a mind projection - you cannot cope with the future. There is a fine balance between honoring the past and losing yourself in it. For example, you can acknowledge and learn from mistakes you made, and then move on and refocus on the now. It is called forgiving yourself. People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on. Who you are cannot be defined through thinking or mental labels or definitions, because it's beyond that. It is the very sense of being, or presence, that is there when you become conscious of the present moment. In essence, you and what we call the present moment are, at the deepest level, one.