This Week’s Quotation:
The past no longer is. The future is not yet here; there is only one moment in which life is available, and that is the present moment.~ Buddha
The Gift of the Present Moment
The ego is very clever at keeping us out of present moment awareness. Have you been finding it more challenging to be present and available to the unfolding moment? There are so many temptations and distractions. I find my mind is easily distracted by to-do lists and the practicalities of everyday life. Yet, this holy instant is the only time there is.
One way to welcome the present moment is to take a five-minute time-out throughout the day. Let go of anything that’s weighing on you. Let go of any tension in your body. Just allow all of yourself to fall outside of time and embrace the holy moment. Thich Nhat Hahn suggests this practice: Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is the only moment.
Such a practice empowers us to be present and strengthens our ability to greet each unfolding moment with mindful, peaceful, loving intent. Smiling as we breathe releases happy hormones in our body. Then, whatever the present moment contains, we remember that now is the time and the field on which the game of human life occurs. Then we can greet every situation as an opportunity for spiritual expression.
Train your mind to remember that nothing is more important than this present moment. Now is everything. Now is the whole enchilada. Now is the gift. Happy Timelessness!
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