Why do all metaphysical teachers' gurus and the like, speak of the Now so often and with such vigor? What is the significance of staying in the now? The present moment?
The significant factor about the Now is this; you cannot think in the Now. The Now requires one's presence of being, which means bringing one's attention to one's awareness. One cannot be present in the now if one's attention or presence is in thought. Can you see the discrepancy? The now and thought are two different states of being - two different realities, two different dimensions: the mental realm and the physical realm. One's attention- one's presence cannot be in two places at once. Each place will suffer the division of attention, within one's consciousness.
The now is letting the world be as it is, while being consciously aware in the present, living by intuition, instinct, synchronicity, and serendipity.
The goal is keeping the conscious mind aware, awake and present in the now instead of losing one's consciousness to thought which is akin to sleeping/dreaming. How often have we committed to meditation (no mind or thought) and then found ourselves, twenty minutes into the meditation thinking about what we had for dinner last night or what 'such and such' said or didn't say? Thoughts are like a den of robbers that steal our presence of being in the moment, leaving our temple absent and consciously unaware. How does one receive intuition if one is not present in one's temple for it?
“It is written,” he said to them, “’My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” Matthew 21:13
The conscious mind cannot rise in the now. If it does, the mind immediately leaves the 'now moment' for a memory or judgment concerning the moment. It has left the present moment for a thought and of course thoughts are not real. They are daydreams. Daydreams born of the mental realm - not the Spiritual.
You can only 'be' in the Now. Yesterday and tomorrow require thought. In fact, both are ONLY thought, unless they are Now. Judgment or discernment of the Now also takes you out of the now as a judgment is also a thought. One cannot think without somehow judging. Every thought is a judgment.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven - Luke 6:37
To use an analogy, being is akin to listening in some respects or being aware of something. If you are busy thinking, then you are not really listening, are you? If you are truly listening, then you are not thinking right? If you do both, then you are a house divided against itself.
If you are not thinking you are being by default. If you are being, then you are not thinking. Both states cancel each other out and rely on the absence of each other meaning.
Being is another word for awareness or meditation. Awareness is the principle of meditation. The definition of meditation is no-mind, but of course the conscious mind cannot - not be conscious, so mind will always be there, so the term no-mind is not quite correct. Rather the conscious mind, instead of being a thousand thoughts, is only One that is aware - meaning a heightened sense of awareness that is much deeper and profound than a thousand thoughts. The conscious mind when still IS a single thought of awareness. One is 'Consciously' 'Aware'. This unites both the conscious and subconscious minds. The subconscious mind is awareness that is always Now.
Bringing Adam (conscious mind) and Eve (Subconscious mind) together as they should be is spiritual aspirant's goal. Create a temple within the Garden of Eden that invites Spirit to come linger. The conscious mind must sit within subconscious mind. Or attention must sit within Awareness. The mind must become conscious of being Awareness. Once the two minds have come together the mind finally works properly and, the way it was always destined. The minds destiny is to be a channel for Spirit. To merge with Spirit. To align with Spirit. To become ONE with Spirit.
Be in the moment. Do not think it. You are a human being not a human thinking it is being.
Be still and know that I am - Psalm 46:10