There is now and there is NOW.
Little now is the ego-based: I want it now! I have to have that now! I will take/do anything (drugs, food, gaming) to stop feeling like I do now!
Little now is lives in fear and avoidance. Its focus is how to escape from what it perceives as the pain of now.
NOW is a whole different thing even though it is spelled with the same 3 letters and most would consider it the same word.
NOW is pausing in this moment and gently, without judgment, accepting all of who we are-fears, joys, sadnesses, happinesses, angers, pains, elations.
* All of it.
* Without judgment (that’s challenging).
* Without moving immediately to change any of it.
That is the NOW that allows us to connect with our true essence, our soul, our inner knowing. (It has many names.)
From this NOW we can make clear choices for the next authentic steps on our path. (Authentic steps, Heart-centered steps, Healing steps) These steps often involve self-care and boundaries. Not self-harm or harm to others.
Each one of us has our own journey, sometimes we make bad decisions and harmful choices on the way. Sometimes, it is the pain we cause ourselves and others that causes us to stop and finally see the difference between now and NOW and begin the journey back to who we are.