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This year I turned 63 and that was how old my Mother was when she passed away. Every moment does matter for me and I try to live that way. Watching what I eat and trying to stay healthy and exercising. Also keeping checks on my mental health which is why I am here : )
I am not sure how to answer the question, but I am grateful for the reminder to live mindfully in every moment.
This makes me take the time to ENJOY every moment and look for the good instead of the bad in the situation if it is a bad situation.
I was just journaling about this last night. I will admit, I have been feeling disassociated from the world around me lately. At times, it can be very intense, leading me to get caught up in my own head. Something that has helped me is being near water. When I wash my hands or take a shower, I take a moment to simply be there, feeling the warmth (or coolness) of the water on my skin. Same with being in the rain, or going to a near by lake. I watch the droplets fall, I watch the ripples grow, I watch how it all flows, so effortlessly. It helps me to remind myself that I am here, there is nothing to be expected of me, that I need to simply let go and just be.
I try to stay present, to be in the moment.
The now moment is all we have.
Stay present & appreciate, the Divine is all around me. ✨
everything is being created maintained sustained dwindles diminished and annihilated
I See God face ito face and am in the awe and wonder of His splendor. So, I know what I must do, not a second is to be wasted. Not a blade of grass moves without the sanction of the Lord. Blessings. Peace. Joy.
This moment is part of my morning routine these days: Drink coffee my sweet husband brings me, read poetry, look at the sky to see what kind of weather we may be having (blue skies today, yay!) while our striped tabby curls up on my lap to take advantage of the warmth and birds twitter and call all around the house. I know when I think about childhood that lots of the same things happening over and over will merge into one haze of memory. I also know these routine moments will become more precious in hindsight if (when) anything happens to take away some part of them. That knowledge helps me tune into otherwise “ordinary” moments and recognize them as being precious, just as precious as a peak experience moment.
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer is one of my favorite poets and I’ve shared an occasional poem by her before. This one, written in another May, speaks to the power of resting in each singular moment: https://ahundredfallingveils.com/2020/05/01/waiting-for-the-trill/.
This moment …the NOW of today…greets me. The last several days have been dark and rainy in my neck of the woods…I have been a bit down..todays question and the responses of all that gather here…has brought me back to the moment by moment of my life. Pay attention, Nannette!! This is it..this day, this time will never come again. Seize the day! I have not ventured outside as it has been so raw..in the 30’s!..but I am so thankful that I have so many windows (and no curtains)…I can look anywhere and see the trees and birds, the occasional turkey, and the deer. I am so very Blessed…I have a warm house, plenty of food, a wonderful husband, my faithful dog and two cats…Indeed…I have it all.
All I know, is that this is the moment
I have right now. And in this moment,
I want to be present. I’m not sure I
believe that every moment matters.
What I do in this moment matters
to me. Kindness, empathy, curiosity,
and sharing are the things that matter
to me. This moment, this body, and this
thought, are ephemeral.
It gives it color and fullness. It gives a quality that otherwise would not be here.
I share a Morning Med from 2013 and a poem I wrote around the same time because today’s quote and question remind me of the importance of growing in self awareness.
Morning Meds Oct 4 2013 Grateful for Enough
“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird nest or a wildflower in spring –
these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
This quote truly speaks to the need for awareness. I had a wave of the “poor MEs” about 5 pm yesterday and I realized that it was just a thought not my reality; I had a roof over my head, enough money to make it, I was able to take a morning and an evening walk, I had made homemade bread for myself, supper was ready to cook on the stove (even more thanks when I was able to eat it without pain), I have good neighbors and dear friends, children and grandchildren, I managed to clean some heavy flower pots by myself, the weather was pleasant, etc., etc. My mentor of 27 years used to say, “Why do you always have to be on top of the mountain or down in the bottom of the valley? Why can’t you take the road to mediocrity?!!!” I would simplify his words today. “To be alive is to see instead of seek. To be alive is to Be Here Now and real-a-ize instead of fantasize.” All is well.
Recognizing Our Own Truth or Matter Matters by C. Conner
We have trouble recognizing,
because we are geared to denying
our own truth.
We’re hung up on analyzing,
collecting and fantasizing
our own story.
We’re so busy knowledge-ing,
there’s no room left for knowing
our true Self.
We’re so intent on fact finding,
finite and dualistic thought-mining
that we miss the heart of the matter.
Behold the gift of life
Share and care for it
Carol, thank you for your words this
morning. As usual, they have touched me.
Thank you, Carol for your wisdom this morning and your poems….they bring me to awareness this morning…and how grateful I am to have this day -moment by moment and to be able to reflect on the words of all those that contribute here. Thank you for the reminder to “Behold the gift of life…Share and care for it….NOW”…. THANK YOU.
I was just sitting outside for a while, doing my meditation out there instead of in my usual spot inside. Our new dog can’t be trusted outside alone yet, so I’m having to switch up my routine a bit. It was so nice sitting under the bright morning sun in the brisk air. I was taking it all in, and looked up just in time to see an eagle flying overhead. It filled me with so much joy! People see eagles out here all the time, but this was my 1st since we moved to the country. I’m grateful for having to change things up and the symbolic meaning of seeing that beautiful eagle fly overhead.
I always enjoy the site of eagles too SunnyPatti.
I have been practicing being in the present, being aware of my feelings and emotions for 14 months. This began when I began to explore mindfulness, mediation and gratitude after being truly introduced to these concepts during therapy as a way to live and help me with abstaining from my addiction to alcohol. The idea of being in an aware state, moment by moment, sitting with the monkey in my mind instead of tormenting him has helped me immensely. Being grateful and bringing awareness to the gifts I have been bestowed and for the universe inside my body and the universe outside of my body have been so helpful to me. The saying is one day at a time, but it has at times been moment by moment which is all I really have, The now, The present. Thank you all who reflect here daily, the collective wisdom and caring compassion.
A moment is the only time in which I can live fully, not in the moment before or the moment that will follow. Life is lived moment by moment.
It helps me to focus, to stop and relax into what I am seeing, hearing and feeling at any given moment. This can bring a sense of joy and gratefulness. When all I am feeling is discomfort, pain, or mental anguish it helps me to relax into it and let it be for that time. That’s not to say I don’t do whatever is possible to releive that discomfort but I don’t let it overwhelm me. There may be tears streaming down my face but that is still being fully with whatever is happening in that moment.
Butterfly, Thank you…your words are very helpful to me.
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