Our childhood, personal experiences and cultural/environmental conditioning have led us to form a mental image of who we are and how to live—living a false self, one who clings to the past and postpones everything to the future.
A false self if ever, rarely lives in “the moment”—the past and present are ONLY significant to the false self. It is only concerned in keeping the past alive because without the past it does not know who it is; it believes the past defines the self. The false self consistently lives into the future because it seeks fulfillment/contentment/success/wealth there—because it is unhappy (despises/ashamed of) "the past” and am never satisfy with “the present.” The false self may seem to be sincerely concern with the present moment, but it views the world with eyes of the past and lies of an uncertain future.
You are a true-self if you are “living in the moment.” You are aware that you are “the witness” of your thoughts, you listen you what you are thinking and why you are thinking what you are thinking—you are the observer of yourself—you are the observer of your being. A true-self lives in the moment; it does not regret the past and worry/burden about the future. The true-self lives in joy because it understands “now” is the only “time” it has…Is “now” not magical?