Originally Posted by Jaiysun4
The idea of "being in the now" refers to trusting all the emotions and thoughts and feelings that come into your consciousness, and being able to act on them, safe in the comfort that you are operating from a compassionate, humane and intelligent position. This is the trust that comes from purifying your moral outlook through the use of meditation and self-development.
My understanding of being in the 'now' is very different than this.
Being in the now is actually much like meditating. Instead of merely watching thoughts, when being in the now you are merely watching [all]. You will find that you take action, witness this in the same way you would thoughts in meditation. The emotions, thoughts, and feelings may be there or not. Trust is not involved, you are merely allowing your authentic self to respond to (act on) events when they actually occur without all the externally generated stuff getting in the way.