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Principles of Huna: Principle 4 Manawa – Now is the Moment of Power



“Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery; today is a gift.

That is why we call it the present.”

 I’m not sure who coined that phrase, but I first heard it from a Deepak Chopra talk. It reiterates what many philosophies have taught throughout the ages, and Huna is among them. Now is the only time you can do anything. This is where your power lies. There is no power in the past, for that is gone. Only the memories that you have of it at this moment exist. This can be a very powerful tool if you choose to use it for changing your outlook, perspective, or interpretation of the past. But any and all of these are made in the present moment.

Dwelling on the past merely weakens you. It can create a state of tension and helplessness. When you say ” I could have…” or ” I should have done this…” you are in effect, fantasizing in a realm that can have no meaningful productivity and most likely bring dis-ease into your life. If you really think about it, you made the absolute best possible decision that you could have at the time that you made it. Now you can choose to change your ways for future actions, but trust that you did the best you possibly could and let it go.

The future is not yet here. Worrying about it can weaken you as well. You have absolutely no power over it; the best you can do is lay groundwork through plans and goals then expect the best. Why be anxious about tomorrow? You cannot change one hair on your own head. Focus, action and trust in the goodness of what you do today will bring the success and joy you seek.

Power increases with sensory attention. What exactly, is going on right now? What are you sensing? How does your body feel? What do you hear? Smell? See? When you eat, do you take the moment to truly taste your meal, or are your thoughts somewhere else? If you were to focus on the senses- just one at a time- quite possibly a whole new living experience would unfold.

Imagine feeling the power of the wind on your back, or hearing the harmonious songs of birds in your ear, or smelling the fragrances of flowers, plants, or other pleasant aromas. Sit back and absorb the stimulating and invigorating effects. Your senses are communicating with you constantly, and the more you can be attuned with your body the more effortless your maintenance of health can become.

How does one stay in the present? One takes time to sense and experience the present! It may be playing music, writing, studying, counseling, cooking, or even taking out the trash. As you incorporate the use of your senses and focus, your awareness of the present increases, you feel more relaxed and choices in life become clearer and more meaningful.

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