AMAG often reminds us to "be present to receive." They mean that in order to notice that your prayers are being answered, you must focus your attention in the present moment of your life. Then you will see that you can account for the many good things in your life that you already have. If we never stop to account for the good in our lives, we'll just keep on asking for more of what we think we don't have. If we keep asking for sustenance, for assistance, for anything ... and then disappear by diverting our attention from the present moments of our lives, it can seem that we're not receiving what we've asked for.
After consulting with AMAG recently, a client wrote: "Life feels to me like there is a kind of paper route where love, opportunities and miracles are delivered to some people but not others. I want to know that I can subscribe to that delivery. What I heard AMAG say was that I was not home to receive the deliveries. I like that notion as it gives hope for a promising future. If I could wholeheartedly believe that these deliveries are there for me and have always been there for me, I suspect there is very little that would limit me in my life."
Staying in the present moment is a very popular idea. Being in the now is something we hear about a lot. However, since the now becomes the past in an instant, it's hard to do that. AMAG says that it's possible to keep attention focused on what is happening now by noticing whether we are present in our lives. By asking from time to time where our attention is focused, we can bring it back to the here and now if it has strayed to some distant date or anticipated event in the future, or has wandered into a time or date related to an historic event in our past. We can keep ourselves present and able to account for all the good that is happening in our lives NOW by noticing where we are focusing attention. By staying present and accountable for all the good we already have, we're more than ready to receive each and every delivery of love, opportunity, and miracles!