Where are you right now?
Right. This. Minute.
Where you are, for better or for worse, will only be here for a moment. The people walking past. The clocking ticking. The person sitting next to you. The wind blowing. This moment will never be able to be recreated exactly as it is and these moments happen all day every day, but how many do we stop and sit in?
Right. This. Minute.
Just be in the moment.
Our intent? To enjoy the moment we’re in right now. If you need help, here are some wise words from wise people we respect about taking in the moment:
Forever is composed of nows.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final
-Rainer Maria Rilke
Happiness, not in another place but this place…
not for another hour, but this hour.
I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
What time is it? The time is now because that is the only time that there is. I can only live now and now and now. So living in the moment, in the present, is all there is.
Part of my morning ritual, while I sip my delicious hot cup of coffee, is to read inspirational blogs that I have bookmarked. The first three blogs that I read this morning all contained the same basic message: whatever task you have to perform, do it by being focused in the present.
Three different approaches to now. Anthony Basich (http://bit.ly/hsU70p) refers to it as "inch by inch". Tony Calabrese (http://bit.ly/js6JHk) tells us that "…one step at a time or certainly in only a few manageable steps at a time …" is the way to go. And in the third blog Lee Papier (http://bit.ly/mKntIX) tells us that "Slow And Steady Wins the Race". Every one of these approaches requires that one be in the present. Energetically that is the only effective way to reach a goal.
How to be in the now. In today’s world the focus is very much on instant. It started long before the microwave, computer or cell phone. Historically, for me, we have been moving toward "instant manifestation" since we got on the back of a horse in order to move from A to B in a quicker way. So if it is not going as quickly as you planned; if today you are finding that there are obstacles in your path, then do what is easy, available to everyone and it is free. Stop. Breathe and tell yourself: "it’s OK. There is a reason for this delay and it will happen when it is meant to." Doing anything else will not remove the obstacle. It will create stress and make you anxious.
An Example. Yesterday I had a to-do list that was not happening. One of the reasons was totally out of my control: computer service-provider related. I knew that there wasnothing that I could do. I also knew that getting frustrated, getting anxious was not going to correct the problem. So I followed my own advise as outlined above. As a result I did not get stressed. I did not get anxious. And surprisingly enough it all got done. I used that "break-down time" for other tasks including a short break to sit quietly and contemplate, to meditate.
So my advise is that you can put a check mark beside "each step" when you take it "inch by inch" and when you relax in the knowing that "slow and steady wins the race". Now that is a very happy thought!