It is only in the present moment
that we experience being alive.
Life, in all of its
fullness, is happening right now. While our thoughts are sometimes elsewhere,
beautiful opportunities and moments are being passed over and lost to the flow
of time. And though we cannot possibly fully experience each leaf that falls to
the ground, sometimes we get so attached to reaching our goals that we don’t pay
attention to the wonder all around us. When we do that, we live in a world that
exists only in our heads, while we miss life itself. There is so much to be
enjoyed and appreciated that we need to remember to pay attention to the present
moment, because it is the only space in which we can experience being alive.
We learn from our past, but dwelling on it keeps us from being fully
present to life in the moment. We create our lives with our thoughts, but
focusing so firmly on our imagined future keeps us from co-creating with the
universe, so we might never allow ourselves to live our dreams as they manifest.
It’s possible to be so happy and comfortable in our inner worlds that we lose
touch with the business of life. We may enjoy spending large portions of time in
meditation, or focused on our thoughts.
Life must be attended to, and if
we are wise, we can enjoy it at the same time. We can awaken ourselves to the
moment we are living right now by taking a deep breath and simply looking
around. In doing so, we refocus our attention to our location in the real world.
Then we can learn to appreciate the process of working toward our goals as much
as their attainment. Balancing ourselves between the present moment and
eternity, we can experience and enjoy the full range of reality available to us
as spiritual beings living on earth.
Work like you don't need the money, Sing like no one can hear you, Live like it's Heaven on earth, Love like you've never been hurt and Dance like no one's watching!
"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." ~ Joseph Campbell
"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to make."~ John Burroughs
"Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted ~ a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul." ~ Harold Kushner
"May the Lord bless you and keep you and...give you peace."
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."