Being in the Moment

What is the moment? Is it this hour? Or this minute? Maybe it only lasts a second… or even a millisecond. The moment.. there doesn’t really seem to be a standard for what amount of time the moment really is, but it seems pretty unanimous that the moment is important. It seems that being in the moment involves, at the very least, ‘not being in the past’ and ‘not being in the future’ but how does this really help us to be in the moment? It is possible to extend a moment to a lifetime, but even then, this one grand extended moment is made up of individual moments.

To be or not to be.. in the moment
It has taken me a long time to learn how to actively “be” in the moment (and I’m still learning). It is not something that comes naturally to us, especially in these times, and in our society, where everything is go, go, go. It is only when we slow down that we can be in the moment. Being in the moment is about being content, and appreciating what IS. It is about seeing the beauty in everyday things; it is about enjoying the things that are right in front of you, right now.

Being in the moment is..
Being in the moment is breathing in the warm aroma of fresh baked bread. It is patiently viewing the shifting shades of sunset. It is the cold splash of water upon your tongue on a hot summer’s day. It is the haunting rhythm and melody of your favorite song playing as you sing along, thinking of nothing else. It is strong hands kneading away at your aching back. It is listening patiently and sincerely to someone telling a story. Being in the moment is appreciating what you are doing, when you are doing it. But the moment is more than this. It is more than just appreciating, it is about LIVING the moment. If you are living in the moment, you are noticing what is happening around you and you are an active participant in the moment. Being in the moment is about noticing, experiencing and embracing wholeheartedly. It is about being a part of what is happening to you right now.. and every second.

Being in the moment
In today’s fast paced world, we are trained to multi-task, and have many things going at once. It is useful for getting things done, but often keeps us from enjoying the moment. A simple example we can all relate to is food. When you are hungry and eating your favorite food, it is pretty easy to enjoy the moment.. unless you are in a hurry, then you may be forced to rush through eating, worrying about your time frame. When we rush and worry, we are not able to really experience what we are doing, be it eating, driving, listening etc.. and it is our attention that determines whether we are in the moment.. or if it just passed us by.

There is so much richness to life, so much beauty and wonder, and so many profound moments, we owe it to ourselves to take it all in and embrace it. We owe it to ourselves to be in the moment.

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

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