As I move through the holiday season towards the beginning of a new year I ponder how I live life, in what manner I live my life, and if I have shown up in a way that works at being the kind of person I want to know. Would I pick me for a friend, an employee or boss? Would I pick me for a mom or wife? Most the time “YES” I would pick me. How about you? Don’t fool yourself now. Be honest with yourself. Now, if you are not what can you do different?
When I do fall short of being the kind of person I strive to be it is often because I am not in the here and now in my awareness. Being aware in the present moment is the key to connecting with the inner part of what I cherish as being important to me. Although I practice mindfulness, it is easy to get caught up in the future of what next or the past of what is gone. This is more so when I feel stressed. How about you? Do you return to automatic and programed behavior when stressed?
However, recently I did take some time to listen to some awesome new music. I find when I hear new music (new means stuff I have not heard before) with no personal history attached to it like memories of prior relationships or events. When I hear new music I get into it with full abandon. My experience is consumed with the nuances of the sounds, the movements of the musician and I surrender to letting the music move me. Do you have activities that allow you to more easily engage in the “now” of the moment? Sometimes, when I am cooking new recipes I experience a clear connection to the present moment.
A lot of people experience the “now” when watching children play or a baby coo. Hence, you might be spending time with family through the holidays and into the new year. See if you can be present with what is and let go of ruminating over the past and worry over the future. I am not saying forget about it all. I am suggesting you practice mindfulness in the moment which may allow you the freedom of choice on what you want to turn your attention towards.
You can choose to focus on children’s laughter or tears. You can focus on the experience of food for all the sensual pleasures it can provide. You can focus on the sounds that echo in a room full of people without hearing the words. The message I am delivering is, “life is lived in the present moment.” Live! Live now! Life whole heartedly!
I am leaving you with a chance to be in the present with an amazing guitarist I discovered on a TED talk. Take some time and enjoy Kaki King. Also, what do you think of her message about infinity and now?
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