I came across this sign on a road trip several years ago and it stopped me in my tracks. It was one of those times when I took a left turn into the unknown, and from there a series of coincidences ensued.
This quote has remained meaningful to me. It was the beginning for me like a little seed taking root or a door opening to a new path. Sometimes I meditate on it, turning it over like a smooth stone in my hand. What a reminder it is, a gift, and catalyst for change.
The present moment is sacred, because it’s the only moment we ever really have. It's some sort of miracle to be present experiencing life in all it's fullness. And when we realize that our lives and days are really just moments, it challenges us to think more deeply about the way we spend those moments and how we appreciate them.
It may change what we think is important. Questions may rise to the surface such as: What brings me happiness? What brings me joy? What makes me feel alive? And...If not now, when? As we begin to listen to and trust the voice within, we can begin to transform our lives, taking steps towards the life we want to live.
It’s no easy task to always be conscious of this. We are beautifully human after all. The wonderful thing though, is that the present moment is always happening. Right now for instance and we always have a second and third chance to remember, to begin again, and reorient ourselves towards the life we want to live.
Sometimes it takes practice to be in the moment. Meditation is a great tool. You can also start by just slowing down.....here are some ways to begin....
When you eat a favorite meal or desert, take your time...savor all the flavors, the textures and the aromas....
Next time you're with a friend or a loved one, remember how this person is a gift in your life.......look into their eyes, smile at them, actively listen.....
When you find yourself outdoors in nature, take a second or two....look around you, what do you notice? what do you hear?
When your pet greets you, spend time with them, pet them, feel how soft they are and feel in your heart the love they give!