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Starting my week… in the present moment

May 19th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Life is not a someday thing

or a one day thing.

It is a right now,

everyday thing.

Life is in the living,

every hour of every day.

~source unknown

On this beautiful Monday morning, I found this poem a powerful reminder! I’ve been thinking a lot about the future and needed the reminder that I am living now. not then.

It is easy to get distracted and lose focus on right now, isn’t it?

I have been planning and preparing and mentally challenging myself over some big changes that are looming rather largely on my horizon. It is accompanied by anticipation, fear and a sense that if I take my eyes off it, it may disappear like a mirage in the desert – never really there at all…

is it a mirage, or an oasis?

This morning, this quote I had copied into my diary some time ago jumped out at me as a reminder that here and now is my life.

I realised that if it is a mirage instead of a miracle, then obsessing focusing on it won’t make a scrap of difference.

I cannot put my life on hold, waiting for it. I need to live and experience all that is my crazy, topsy-turvy life at the moment.

And somehow, I feel a weight has been lifted. I don’t need to worry, fret or be fearful. I don’t need to be there, at all. Here is enough. There will be there when its time has come.

The challenge is to remember that. Regularly.

[I will be sharing the changes with you as soon as I can... they are all wonderful and positive.]

A Clearing Space Moment

What are you giving up this current moment for?

Is there something in your future (or the hope of) that is drawing your attention away from your now?

How do you bring your attention back to here and now? Please share in the comments!

Tags: Noticing Miracles · Start Your Week with Joy

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Leonie // May 19, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Thankyou for reminding me to live in the present full of joy and love. The future will always be there and I can only do my best so there is no need to worry or have fear and the universe has a plan for me and it is already written. What will be will be. Live each day like it is your last!

  • 2 amypalko // May 19, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    For me the event on the horizon is the completion of my phd. I’m trying to keep myself grounded by focusing on my environment and training my lens on them :-)
    Just love that poem, btw!

  • 3 Karen Swim // May 20, 2008 at 11:25 am

    What a beautiful poem and a powerful reminder to start the week. I am currently in that same space, planning and preparing for big changes that both excite and scare me yet needing to live in the now. I had a similar reminder of the power of a moment on Saturday which inspired my blog post today. We do need to regularly remind ourselves to live now, not later.

  • 4 Links Less Ordinary 5 « Lives Less Ordinary // May 24, 2008 at 4:28 pm

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  • 5 Pete Aldin // May 29, 2008 at 10:48 am

    How do I keep it in the present? Buggered if I know. This is one of my constant battles.

    Music helps sometimes. It’ll bring me back to things I care about or even just get me to sit and listen and enjoy. My kids help with this when they’re home too: because they’re so funny, it so often brings me down to earth to just let them talk and mess around, and once again, I’m sitting in the Now and enjoying.

    I’ll work on this one today. Later. ;)

  • 6 karen // Jun 10, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    :) LOL Pete… it IS a battle, isn’t it?
    I had forgotten how much music helps me, until a recent conversation reminded me about how it supports me… soothing, calming, nurturing and uplifting. So I’ve updated the ipod, and connect it to the stereo every time I have the house to myself – or when the teens are still in bed:) and I feel like a part of me has been found that I didn’t realise was lost.

    Here’s to NOW!
    Thanks for comin’ round, Pete.
    Karen

  • 7 karen // Jun 10, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    @Leonie – welcome to The Clearing Space! It’s lovely to have you visit and share your words of wisdom.

    @Amy – ahhh, your PHD is a huge event! We’ll all be celebrating, tooting our horns and throwing streamers… not to mention the odd glass of bubbles to help you celebrate. I love your way of staying in the present by looking through a lens… magnificent stuff.

    @Karen – you’re right, we do need constant reminders, don’t we? I know I do! Good luck with the changes.

    Thank you all – Karen x

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