Living here-and-now makes all of life formative, and it evokes the emergence of our true personhood. By not being tethered by the past (e.g.”What I should have been or might have been”) and by not being pulled into the future (e.g.”What I ought to be”), we are free to be who we are. In the present moment, the “I AM” God intersects the “I am” self, and we are never more truly or fully ourselves than when that happens.
Living in the present moment opens the way to experience communion with God without distraction or diminishment. The spiritual life thrives in the paradox that less is more, and that to be present in the hear-and-now brings more life to us than trying to be “all over the map” in a never-ending round of feverish activity.
In this concentration our true self has the opportunity to emerge, not covered over by the illusion of either the past or the future. Living here-and-now brings our fulness into the present moment, enabling us to say, “I am here!” and hearing God speak back, “I am too!”