Hello, beautiful friends!
Today’s topic is THIS PRESENT MOMENT, Right Here Right Now….
I know you’ve heard the phrase, “Stop & smell the roses.”
Well, let’s take that about 5 leaps further! There’s the story about The Buddha’s “silent sermon”. He sat still & silent for a long while, staring at a flower. That’s it.
Finally, one of the monks in attendance broke out into a smile. He is said to be the only one who understood the sermon. That smile, that realization, is said to be the origin of ZEN. 🙂
Now that is a prime example of living in THIS present moment.
Why is this so important? Appreciating THIS moment, & all that it has to offer–instead of living in the past or being focused on the future–brings meaning & pleasure into life, & shuts out fear & anxiety. And who couldn’t use a lot less fear & anxiety in their life??
The past is past. No sense in living in guilt or regret over something you cannot change!
The future will worry about itself. Your worrying or fretting about something that isn’t even HERE yet, will not help ANYone!
The only POWER is in the present moment.
One way to live in the NOW is to get in the habit of really noticing the world around you. Stopping to smell the flowers, taking a moment when walking from the car to the office to appreciate the cloud-scape in the sky, or the landscaping… etc.
You can practice conscious breathing exercises I have taught about in previous blogs, or conscious eating. Conscious eating is the art of really being PRESENT when you are dining. Bringing your full attention & awareness to the meal & appreciating every morsel. Really tasting your food & enjoying the pleasure it brings to your palate.
Another great exercise for present moment living is the Body Awareness exercise taught by Eckhart Tolle in his book, A New Earth.
Just simply sitting there quietly for bit, & “tuning in” to your body, feeling the life energy that is alive & flowing throughout your body. Almost like a tingling sensation you can actually feel if you practice & learn to pick up on it.
This particular body awareness exercise actually strengthens our immune systems & aids in self healing! All of these types of practices help anchor us in the present moment...
the only place to be!!!
I hope you have enjoyed today’s Mind Medicine.
I look forward to next time!! All my love always,