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Living in the present moment – Monday Motivator 2 April 2018

“Letting go isn’t about having the courage to release the past; it’s about having the wisdom to embrace the present.”

Steve Maraboli

Hi Motivation Seekers, Happy Easter.  Hope you have all had a wonderful, relaxing time with your families, making memories and having fun.

I thought it was timely to remind us about being in the present moment.  The ability to do that makes for a happier, more relaxed, more fulfilling life.  When you manage to do this, you will find you will be less stressed and more aware of the wonder of the world around you.

Have you ever woken up to a beautiful sunrise or watched in wonder at the beauty of a full moon and or the gorgeousness of a dark sky filled with jewel like stars.  What a fabulous world we live in, yet a lot of the time, we just don’t notice as we are so busy living in the past.  Regretting past mistakes or feeling victimised by the bad things that happened in our past or even worse, worrying about what tomorrow will bring.

That is not a formula for a great life is it?  All we have is today, this present moment is it.  There is absolutely nothing we can do about the past, about any perceived wrongs or mistakes.  The best we can do is let it be.  Draw a line in the sand beneath all that and focus on now and nothing else.

Similarly, worrying about the future is a waste of time.  What can we do about it?  We don’t even know that there is a future.  I remember, the night before the first, big earthquake in Christchurch, I had met with a friend and we were talking about an overseas trip that I had just had.  I told him I had thought twice about taking this trip, because of the time and the cost, but then I thought, life is short – I should just do this.  He agreed with me, and we ended our conversation by saying “we should take action and do what we want to do as you never know what is around the corner.”  At 4am that morning, Christchurch was rocked by a 7.1 earthquake and everything changed for our city.  It made me realise more than ever, the importance of living in the moment.

How can you practise this?  Be aware, let your senses notice what is around you.  The smell of flowers, the sound of birds singing, the beautiful taste of delicious food, the sights all around us, the touch of a loved one.  Savour each, here in the now.  Do one thing at a time.  If you are eating, just eat and focus on the food, the texture, the feel of it in your mouth, think about where that food came from or who prepared it, of how it is nourishing you.  When you eat like that, it is far more satisfying.  I know I don’t do that often enough, I tend to eat, read and Facebook all at the same time!  Anytime I have practised just eating, it is massively different.  Give it a try and see for yourself.

So just for this week, practise mindfulness.  Take a slow walk noticing what you can see, then what you can hear, then what you can smell, then what you can taste, then what you can touch.  Let me know how you go and if it makes a difference to how you are feeling.  You should find yourself getting more relaxed and feeling happier and more contented.  Have a brilliant week, see you next time.