I was meditating yesterday and had a thought about how most people have to constantly work to be in the NOW. Like we have to try and remember to be unafraid of what life is showing us right now. Why do we make it so complicated? All this work each day to live in awareness? Prayers. Rituals. Routines. What if all we had to remember to be in the NOW is that we have already WON? (“Now” spelled backwards) No work. No complicated time consuming steps. No proving our worth to feed the ego. What if we just have to remember that it was all decided long ago. (The “we” being all of humanity.) We WON. Right NOW.
“Sometimes if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slowly slipping away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.” ~ Winnie The Pooh
Do you feel the need, the need for speed? Take a few minutes and watch this revolutionary little video put out by the Australian government. It reminds a little bit of a pharmaceutical commercial except they aren’t selling you anything other than some perspective. It’s a human cautionary tale and safety video all in one.
This is the sort of shift in society we need right here in the US at the highest levels. Leadership by example. This is the kind of preventative medicine that could actually make a difference. It all starts with you and me.
If we stop treating life like a race, everyone wins. Enjoy the ride.
~~~ Daily Gratitude ~~~
I am grateful for the lessons I have learned the hard way.
I am grateful for the kindness of strangers.
I am grateful for hard and soft tacos. We shouldn’t have to make that choice. So good.
I am grateful for songs that remind me where I came from.
I am grateful for my sense of humor. Laughter helps me breathe.
How do you move though life? Are you paying attention or are you running on an old program called assumption? The floor was here yesterday so shouldn’t it be here every day? 🙂
This video found me this morning and does a great job illustrating something I was thinking about last night. How many of us walk around like the people in this video? Sometimes we start moving about our day and thinking about what’s next or what was and suddenly we’ve forgotten to REALLY pay attention to what’s now! Take a look at all the things we assume are there and seemingly ignore like the ground beneath us, the glass in a door, or even the breath in our lungs.
What would life be like if we snapped out of our thoughts and really paid attention to all that is happening right now?
Try taking something seemingly ordinary and really paying attention to every thing about it. Maybe making a cup of coffee or brushing your teeth. Put your focus on the movement and the feeling as it is happening. Don’t concentrate on how the coffee will taste when it’s brewed or how your mouth will feel when once you’ve rinsed. Just enjoy and pay attention to all the movements and feelings happening right now as you do them.
I think this leads to a more fulfilling life experience and greater appreciation for present moment living. I also realize that change is our natural state so staying in this frame of mindfulness might feel unrealistic. Nature rarely moves in a straight line, so just be aware that you’ll probably have to do some course correction throughout your day. No such thing as autopilot!
Just slow down and ask yourself “what’s the hurry?” Appreciate right now in all it’s beautiful, subtle detail.
We can fully experience and live the complete love that we are right now just by slowing down and pay attention to right now.