“To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace & beauty available now.” – Thich Nhat Hahn
Looking back on my emotionally charged month, I recognize that my moments of anxiety, suffering and unhappiness all have deep roots in looking too far ahead towards the future. It has been a challenge for me to remain present, focused on the NOW because mentally I began checking out as soon as I set my departure date to Seattle. My mind is full of clutter planning for the weeks ahead- job searching, house hunting and day dreaming about what my days will be filled with. (So far, I have created a mental list of hobbies to fill my winter days with including becoming a master health chef, rainy art days, hours devoted to improving my writing one espresso shot at a time, meditation meditation meditation and road tripping the PNW Coast.)
My dilemma is tangible. My mind is not separate from my body and yet they are in two completely different places. I am aware that NOW is all I have, that THIS moment is filled with joy and happiness if I only shifted my attentiveness to it. So why do I continue to obsess about what will happen in two weeks and what life will look like in six months? Right now is enough. Actually, it’s more than enough, and I’m learning to embrace it. ALL of it – the beauty and the struggle, the peaks and the valleys. Remembering that no feeling is final, and tomorrow will come soon enough.
What keeps you grounded in the present moment? How do you tune into life “as is” right now? Where do you find content?
Aloha Nui and Happy Monday! xo