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  1. V
    Varsha

    It’s a very laid back day today. After a whole hectic work week, I have been enjoying every tiny thing since morning. I feel like living each moment rejuvenates me for another day.

    1 year ago
  2. Don Jones

    I seek to maximize my awareness.

    1 year ago
  3. Mica

    It sounds like ‘multi-tasking,’ which is bad for our memories

    1 year ago
  4. Debra

    I am relating to this moment with low energy. Work has left me spent today after closing a very complicated, but overall, rewarding transactional experience yesterday. — a 6 month journey. I am telling myself in this moment that it is “OK” and completely understandable to not be engaged on all cylinders.

    1 year ago
    1. Don Jones

      Regeneration is a special time too.

      1 year ago
    2. Mica

      For sure, Debra! 🙃😜

      1 year ago
  5. d
    dcdeb

    Maybe that time is different from what i thought it was.

    1 year ago
  6. Linda

    As a recent retiree, I feel happy and grateful for the open time. However, I am wondering if I am “doing enough” with my newly freed up time. I do worry about the moments that I have let pass by and how to rearrange my life and time to be more productive, i.e., in service to others. My whole life and career was devoted to helping others–shouldn’t I be doing more? And how to keep a balance in my life?
    I would appreciate anyone’s thoughts on how they handle this.

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      I find balance when I…
      Work some,
      play some,
      connect some,
      & relax some.
      But as far as “doing enough,” it is more a state of mind than it is an amount of time or goals met. For me, as an artist and farmer and homemaker, I can always find more that >should< be done, never get a day off, and if I let myself, I can feel quite badly about what I didn't do that I think needs doing. To get around this I am trying to define "enough" in some way. How much, or how I define it, doesn't really matter. The point is, you will never enjoy "time off" if you can't define and restrict "time on." When I was especially busy with work, college, and three kids, my definition was, "It's 8 p.m., I'm off-duty!" Unless someone was bleeding or the house was on fire (so to speak), it could wait. I didn't have much time for myself then and it was challenging. Today I have more time. 3 hours at the farm daily and 3 hours renovation at home, and some time at cooking and housework at the moment is "enough." When I feel well, I make sure I visit or reach out to a friend every day and that I have at least one good conversation with my husband each day, that is not about the house reno or what's for dinner, lol. I'm still trying to find my balance and flow, but I could really relate to what you are feeling, Linda. Please consider, for YOU, what will be your "enough" where you can be happy both giving to others, and giving yourself the gift of balance, enjoyment of life, and self love.

      Please let me know what you discover… I could use tips, too! 🙂

      1 year ago
      1. Linda

        Thank you Holly. This was helpful. 🙂

        1 year ago
    2. Mica

      Moments and hours, days, weeks and more of doing nothing in particular can rejuvenate you for doing something you really care about at some time. That’s my opinion – give yourself a break, Linda!

      1 year ago
      1. Linda

        Thank you, Mica. That is good advice.

        1 year ago
  7. L
    Lauryn

    It makes me pay attention. My cat is meowing…he wants me to go back inside. Birds are chirping. Two flies hovering on the porch. Perfect blue sky and the quiet hum of the morning. Keenly aware….nicely put in one of the below responses..

    1 year ago
  8. Maeve

    Carpe diem. Right now, I am appreciating spending time with my 2 good friends in New Hampshire. Exploring, swimming, eating meals together. Learning from their kindness and warmth.

    And taking steps to create a life I want, with friends and family and who are important and dear to me.

    1 year ago
  9. GratefulOne

    It makes me grateful for every moment

    1 year ago
  10. Kimmy

    Today I am keenly aware of how I see the world as my adversary. I want to view it through the eyes of compassion and assume love.

    1 year ago
  11. Mary Pat

    Things can change in a moment. To stay in the moment I am in and to focus on just that helps me in alot of ways, but mainly my meditation practice, which I am horrible at right now, and to cherish what is happening just now…..
    This week we left the house early, and went to Lily Lake, which is about 1 1/2 from us. When we got there, we settled in, sat at a picnic table, and took in the scenery. Mt. Meeker and Longs Peak on our left. The Continental Divide in front of us, at a distance. The Lake within feet of us…and at the time I realized this was a time to take in the moments on this day….I did. It made a difference. I felt the beauty-not just saw it.
    It was a reminder to focus on the moment I was in…..I will try to find time soon to post pictures somewhere to share. But today is another adventure to an area where the eagles nest. Will take photos there as well and share another time….and will practice on focusing in the moment.
    And another thing I noticed was when I focus, the moments tend to slow down for me…..I suspect it is because I am “in” them, and not distracted by other things, like thoughts….

    1 year ago
    1. Pilgrim

      Such a gift, Mary Pat, to live near these beautiful, natural places!

      1 year ago
  12. Holly in Ohio

    As in this moment I am with people, I often begin this moment with a silent intention: Listen carefully. More thoughtful before I speak. Kinder and more loving.

    In the moments I am in the garden, I am often wordless, just absorbing the sensations of soil: the look, feel and smell of it… or observing each weed, insect, seedling. My beans are coming up elbow first. I just absorb the moment. Sometimes I do drift and think but it is useful time to think on many things practical and philosophical while my hands and body are in the rhythm of the work.

    When I work at home (like this week I am painting the kitchen still) I am also often absorbed in it just trying to do a good job, and I take little breaks to watch Mr. Hopeful or drink a glass of water. i might look at my hands with paint all over them.

    I don’t think I am consciously aware that the moment matters or “reflecting on this impact how I relate to this moment,” for if I did, the moment would be gone and I would not be here experiencing it but would be watching me here (if that makes any sense). But in reflecting on this experience, I would say I am much more often present in the moment than I used to be. Time rarely “flies.” Why?

    I think it is just practice. Practice in observing. Practicing listening. Practice in gratitude.

    I personally do not experience heady spiritualism in this. Rather it is much more like Shunryu Suzuki says in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind…”Just sit.” That will be stuck in my head forever, lol, or to paraphrase, “keep it simple.”

    Just be.

    Just be in the moment.

    This moment for me is, “question.”

    1 year ago
    1. Mica

      “… “reflecting on this impact how I relate to this moment,” for if I did, the moment would be gone and I would not be here experiencing it but would be watching me here…” – right on, Holly in Ohio 🤗😊

      1 year ago
  13. G
    Gregoire

    As Brother David says in every moment we have the opportunity to hope and to trust in God. So, every moment is an opportunity to give thanks for life and the opportunity to share God’s love.

    1 year ago
  14. Antoinette

    At this very moment I am letting go with gratitude. We can never pin down this very moment before it moves on and into the past. It may seem obvious however grasping to keep things from changing keeps us agitated or one of many other not so pleasant emotions.
    So at this very moment I’m letting go of the huge list of things I want done and becoming grateful for what I have accomplished today. I’m content with the now.

    1 year ago
  15. Carol

    I found this quote very helpful today and it definitely is a reminder for me that how I relate to every moment matters. “Gratitude…goes beyond the “mine” and “thine” and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.
    Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steeped in hurt and resentment. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint. . . . The choice for gratitude rarely comes without some real effort. But each time I make it, the next choice is a little easier, a little freer, a little less self-conscious. . . . There is an Estonian proverb that says: “Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.” Acts of gratitude make one grateful because, step by step, they reveal that all is grace.” – Henri Nouwen

    1 year ago
    1. L
      Lauryn

      It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint. .——- yes!

      1 year ago
    2. Pilgrim

      Carol, thank you for your reflection. It brought to mind a chorus in a song/hymn by Gary Ault:
      All that we have and all that we offer
      Comes from a heart both frightened and free.
      Take what we bring now and give what we need.
      All done in God’s name.

      1 year ago
      1. Carol

        Pligim, I so needed this today. It will be my prayer. Thank you.

        1 year ago
    3. Palm

      Thank you, Carol. I relaxed while reading your reflection. When I started participating on this website, I also started viewing gratefulness as a spiritual discipline, the only one I have managed to (more or less) stick to. Blessings to you

      1 year ago
      1. Michele

        I agree with you Palm as viewing gratefulness as a spiritual discipline:)

        1 year ago
        1. Palm

          Yes, Michele, thanks:) For me, as a person who doesn’t practice any organised religion, gratefulness has given me the anchor.

          1 year ago
    4. Holly in Ohio

      I really really love your response, Carol!!!!!!! 🙂

      1 year ago
  16. pkr

    Being mindful of this present moment. Staying present in this now.

    1 year ago
  17. SK

    It matters because that’s all there is- that one moment. Our next breath could be in the light of Jesus’ face. There is nothing MORE sacred than the very moment you have to appreciate, be grateful, feel happiness or sorrow or pain or joy. At least you can feel.

    1 year ago
  18. Maureen

    Moments are fleeting in my whirlwind thoughts. With ADD, fibromyalgia fog and depression out of my control, meditation is not available, but in the early mornings I can thank GOD for the morning’s weather, bird songs and the wild life in the yard during each season.
    Reading Mother Teresa’s daily thoughts lets me see what’s important, ‘for a moment’.

    1 year ago
  19. Trish

    Am I spending this moment wisely: with love & beauty at the forefront?! Each moment I spend with this focus leads me to the next with a heightened sense of wonder & appreciation.

    1 year ago
  20. Howie Geib

    I am somewhat obsessed with sequencing and the randomness that accompanies the natural progression over time. So the moments do matter in that strategically decisions can be made, actions deferred and plans altered to avoid negative impacts (see iceberg: Titanic) when each moment is used. So paying attention and not letting down my guard seems paramount most of the time. I really do wish I was more ‘taking a moment to smell the roses’ kinda guy, but I am the dude with the hurricane emergency plans and who carries a flashlight and blanket in his car ‘just in case’.

    1 year ago
    1. Trish

      I’m thankful for dudes like you, Howie. Always prepared…⭐️

      1 year ago
  21. sunnypatti48317

    I’m just grateful to be sitting here, awake an alive with another opportunity to share my light today.

    1 year ago
  22. devy

    Moments make up the timeline of our life. Some of these moments are joyous, some are frustrating, some are sad but they make up our lives as we travel from birth to death. Our frame of mind and how we react are what fuel us. Moments in the past made us but do not have to haunt us. Moments in the future have not occurred yet and we should not focus on the what Ifs. We can pay attention to the present, look at the present moment, react but let it go. It’s like a stream under a bridge, once the water passes under, it is gone..

    1 year ago
  23. Ed Schulte

    Few things ‘matter’ much. Most things don’t ‘matter’ at all.

    DASKALOS

    1 year ago
  24. O.Christina

    It encourages me to speak about a deep pain I caused some years ago to the ones I hold dear. I am fully aware of by now that I was led by pride and a sense of superiority, when in my blindness and closeness of heart I was looking down on others while feeling to be kind of “more worthy” than others. From my heart, I would like to apologize to the ones concerned. Things changed a lot since, through saying “yes” to a deeply painful process of transformation I was allowed to undergo, with intense help of dear friends and all of you here. At that time, I cold not see and not feel the obvious that this inner arrogance and pride was the reason for feeling isolated from others. This all has come to an end now. Please forgive my having hurting you and others so deeply. I give my deep thanks for all the support and undeserved guidance through this very difficult process. May you who were so kind be blessed always.

    1 year ago
    1. Mica

      Oh, dear Ose – don’t be too hard on yourself!🥰💕🤗

      1 year ago
  25. EJP

    It’s a gentle reminder to free my heart from hatred, free my mind from worries, live simply, give more, expect less and enjoy every moment.

    1 year ago
  26. Clarity

    I value and am grateful for this moment even more

    1 year ago
  27. Michele

    By being grateful.

    1 year ago
  28. Kevin

    I take every moment as they come, actually. Moments are all we have and if we’re lucky, they add up to a day. Moments may be mine, and mine alone, to experience. Some moments I have the privilege to share with others, and those we turn into experiences and over time into memories.

    1 year ago
    1. Debra

      Wisely written, Kevin. Thank you.

      1 year ago
  29. M
    MillyG

    Reflection helps to put things into perspective. It’s a moment of peace and stillness, to practice gratitude, measure how far you have come to arrive in this moment, and understand how far you have left to travel.

    1 year ago
  30. Dusty Su

    While it is important to reflect on the moment, it’s also important to not kill it by overly reflecting on it.

    1 year ago
    1. Mike

      I had a philosophy professor in college who, upon waking each morning, would pray about which slipper to put on first.

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Wow!

        1 year ago
      2. Debra

        Oh my. I realize I pick up my slippers each morning and look at the bottom for the markings of “left and right” to ensure I have put them on the correct foot. I don’t know that I have every prayed about it, but maybe in future I will. Ha!! Glorious.

        1 year ago
      3. Holly in Ohio

        hahhhahahahhahaha… Mike… hhaahhahahaha… slipper!

        1 year ago
  31. Christine

    Mornings are always kind to me, I think it’s because of the healing power of sleep. I think I meet my husband in my sleep. And that is why this moment is a very happy moment with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. The yogurt is creamy, the fruit smells delicious. The sun shines through the windows, I see many flowers in the garden. My heart is at peace. All the reason to be content.

    1 year ago
    1. Patricia

      I’m relating to this moment in my gratitude for you and your reflections, Christine. Thank you for the gift you share with me and all of us.

      1 year ago

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