Why do you need to bring awareness back to the present moment? Is there a way to bring yourself into the present moment? According to Ramana Maharshi, your true happiness lies in the present moment.

We hear it all the time: “happiness is a state of mind.” There are people who would argue that happiness is a natural result of proper planning, preparation, and focused action but I think it’s a misunderstanding what true Happiness is.

According to Ramana Maharshi, once again, when your mind is agitated,  don’t try to remove a certain fear because another one will arise and there will be no end of them. The solution to that is to keep your mind still. That’s enough.

It seems that the core of everything is the mind. But how do you keep your mind still? It’s not an easy thing to do.

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First of all, we want to know what is the mind? Typically the mind refers to your day to day thoughts. It’s what you think about, focus on etc. What you expect from your daily experiences.

If you think negatively, you will develop a pessimistic mindset, you will expect the worst. Likewise, if you think positively, you will expect the best and focus on a successful outcome.

It’s a good thing to know, isn’t??? But how exactly does the mind work? Why is it important to bring awareness back to the present moment? There are three big reasons:

1) Know yourself

Ramana Maharshi called that the Self-knowledge. A lack of belief in yourself usually comes along with a sense of powerlessness and futility, which is the exact opposite of true happiness.

Lack of belief means you see no point in trying to be happy because it won’t happen anyway. Obviously, this type of thoughts is a recipe for anxiety and fear in any endeavor.

When you bring awareness back to the present moment, on the other hand, means you believe in yourself and you’re perfect and complete and you will abandon the idea of “I need something or someone to be happy”.

There are many exercises you can do to still the mind. For example, meditation, breathing exercise, mantra, prayer etc.

At the beginning of the process, it is obvious that a little effort is needed.

“No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.”

― Ramana Maharshi

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2) Happiness lies in the present moment

When you practice meditation, you still the mind, you strengthen your awareness. All your fears, anxieties will be removed and there are no conflicts. What remains are peace and happiness. Identify yourself with that state, it’s your true relationship with you.

“If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay still in that, the natural (real) state.”

― Ramana Maharshi

This state of happiness is not something that you enter or exit, you are that all the time. It’s just that most of the time you are focusing on other things.

3) A quiet mind encourages fruitful actions

Life is full of ups and downs and that’s what makes her beauty and you can be in turmoil without becoming lost to it. If you still the mind it will spread without any effort.

With a true quiet mind, nothing will affect you, you’ll always know the most fruitful action steps that will lead directly to your goal. You will also have the inner confidence and determination to pursue your path. You will remain, no matter what, in peace and contentment.

If you keep doing that, you will discover that happiness is permanent and this is your true state.

Thanks for reading!