Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. ~ Eckhart Tolle
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A 2008 article from Psychology Today somehow popped into my life recently, right when I most needed it.
“Living in the moment—also called mindfulness—is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present. When you become mindful, you realize that you are not your thoughts; you become an observer of your thoughts from moment to moment without judging them. Mindfulness involves being with your thoughts as they are, neither grasping at them nor pushing them away. Instead of letting your life go by without living it, you awaken to experience.”
This sounds so simple, and yet it is quite difficult. I am usually not able to do it for more than a few seconds. I’m in the moment, noticing the warmth of sunlight on my arms and then I’m thinking about the mail and before I know it, it’s in my hands and I’m opening it and that moment is gone. I forget to feel the paper in my hands or really hear the sound of the envelope as I open it.
I love the idea of being slightly detached and really noticing my own reactions to things without burrowing down into the emotion of them. I’ve started using this strategy with my daughter and it’s really helped me in retaining some energy for the end of the day. In not losing myself to her behavior, I am better able to direct my own experience of the day. It makes perfect sense. If we picture that we are a mountain, weathering each storm or wind but strong within, it feels right to remain calm and to notice our surroundings without becoming them.
I only wish I’d learned this in high school!
How do you find moments of NOW?
See other posts about mindfulness here.