Now. It`s where we create the Life we want. How do we do this? Well, we have a lot to talk about! The very first thing we need to do is get still. Breathe, slowly, deeply. Feeling a bit calmer? The breath is a tool we can use to slow down our Heart rate, so let`s slow down and get present. What do I mean by get “present?” I mean that if you are thinking about how irritated you are about that b*!@# who cut you off this morning while you were taking the kids to school or what you are going to fix for dinner later, you are NOT in the present moment!
Understand that all we truly have is right now.THIS very moment. For me, my butt is parked in my chair and I`m writing to you and for you? It`s where ever you are reading this post. The past is gone! Dust, Baby! And the future is not here yet. (I`m definitely an optimist and I do believe that it will actually be here) but it’s not here yet! So now is all we have and now is where we create everything- The good, the bad and the ugly.
That means that all your dreams, wishes, goals and Heart`s Desires get created in the present moment only. Not when your bank account is full, not when you`re sipping that mai-tai on the beach or sitting in a yoga Zen pose in front of a crystal stream. Nope, it`s just right here. NOW. That`s what that old saying means “The past is history, the future`s a mystery and the present is a gift. It is THE gift.
Look around at all That`s happening right now, in your present moment. Seriously, stop looking at this blog post for a moment. What`s around you? What do you see? Hear? Smell? How often in our crazy, busy day do we actually take the time to notice the Life around us? Let`s do a little experiment. For one whole day, 24-hours, focus on each moment ONLY. Every time you catch yourself slipping into the past (5 minutes ago constitutes the past) or dipping a toe into the future, stop. Get back into the present moment. Not an easy thing to do but a VERY profound experience. Please share your experiences with me in the comments below!
Some steps to stay in the NOW:
*BREATHE. Take 3-4 deep breaths, inhaling through your nose for the count of 4, hold briefly and exhale through your mouth for the count of 4. This will help you slow down.
*GET STILL. Consider where you are at this precise moment. Allow yourself to BE where you actually are.
*NOTICE YOUR SURROUNDINGS. Where are you? What do you see? Hear? Feel? If you are sitting in a chair, what does it feel like- is it well cushioned? Just focus on what is going on with you and around you.
*FOCUS. Your thoughts will try and take you into the past and then launch you into the future. It`s okay, it`s going to happen but catch yourself and start over, bringing yourself right back to the present moment.
*REMEMBER. All we truly have is now and it is only here that we can create the Life we really want to live. This is where we enjoy and create memories with our loved ones, too. I don’t know about you but my kid is growing up so fast! I don’t want to miss any moments of my time with her and I have spent way too many of them, multi-tasking and not being present Ever heard the term “Monkey Mind?” Those monkeys in your head?
You know them! They are in your head, chattering away at you all day- SET THEM FREE! Set yourself free. Stay in the NOW.