Moments in time. They can be seconds in length, yet years of enjoyment.
Something I have started practicing this year, is meditation. Slowing the the external stimuli, or turning it off, and focusing on the here and now. And it starts with mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh said “mindfulness is the practice that consists in bringing the body and mind back to the present moment, and every time we practice that, we come to life again.” I don’t know about you but this sounds pretty cool doesn’t it? I mean being alive? like really being alive…
It can be as simple as focusing on a simple phrase. I breathe in, I breathe out. Or on a sound, like the waves crashing around me in the picture above. Or like in the picture below, the colors of fall.
In my world, there are lots of things and thoughts begging for attention. Sometimes is all gets confusing and mustered in my head. The stresses of the day and the anxieties of the future eat and pull away at me. And then I remember that the present moment is the only moment that is real.
Thich Nhat Hanh also said”…just enjoy sitting and accept yourself for who you are …we let our mind become spacious and our heart soft and kind…”
I judge myself a lot for not being organized enough or for not knowing enough or for being in too much pain, but if theres one thing these last two years has taught me, its that I am enough. Just as me. Being real in this moment is the greatest gift I can give. (more about being real later) All the stuff I do, or expect from myself, those things are all elements or extensions of me. But if all I am capable of one day is existing and sharing in the world because of the pain or limitations that pain places on me, well that is enough. What freedom I found when I started living this way. Being mindful in every moment, and storing them as keepsakes has made me more grateful and much happier.