Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Benefits of Living in the Moment

“Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the is-ness of the NOW. You can't argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you will suffer.”
 – Eckhart Tolle

Learn to live in the moment.  Your life depends on it...LITERALLY.  The present moment is truly all we have.  The past is gone and the future is but a thought in our minds that may or may not happen.  Accepting the present moment allows us to actually live our lives, to experience our lives, to get to know ourselves - our wants, needs, desires and values.  It may be a time of celebration, of grieving, of peace, of fear, of boredom, of joy, etc.  Why don’t more people live in this place more of the time?  Mostly because we are a society of more, more, more, constantly striving for something better in the future.  We aren’t satisfied with what is and therefore are obsessed with acquiring and achieving because that’s what we have been taught to do, thinking this is going to lead to lasting happiness and fulfillment.  By not being satisfied with what is, we will never be satisfied, period!  Material desires are great to have as long as we are balancing other areas of our lives with the inner motive in line with our values and purpose for living.  Pain can be a part of living in the present when past issues haven't been healed.  The number one way is through addictions.  This presents itself in many forms – alcohol, drugs, food, sex, gambling, obsessing, money, power, fame, control, and the list goes on.  We spend so much time and energy avoiding the moment that we are exhausted.  The energy that we are using up can be channeled into more positive, fulfilling tasks and activities that will bring us joy and more positive and enjoyable outcomes.  Do you think a flower is impatient because it’s not growing fast enough, or is next to another flower that is “prettier” and is therefore angry and upset?  This is ludicrous, right?  We think so, but it’s how most of us live our lives. You are beautiful, a unique creation, different than anyone who has or will ever exist.  It is your responsibility to the world to figure out what your unique gifts are and express them to make the world a better place.  Express that beauty always.  A flower is made to bloom into a flower without being angry and resentful that it’s not a tree.  

In order to start to cultivate that force, one thing we can do is to be aware of our senses.  Throughout the day, stop and ask yourself, what am I feeling right now, what do I see right now, what am I listening to right now… until you go through all of the senses.  Becoming aware of your senses brings you in touch with the moment more easily.  Another thing you can do to get in touch with the moment is to listen to the voice within you.  Some people call it God, intuition, higher force, higher power.  You’ve all heard the voice before.  What is it telling you?  That is the force that guides us to our highest and best. 

Is there anywhere in your life where you are not living in the moment?  Is there anything in your life you are resisting or fighting?  Do you spend more time denying your feelings than accepting them and learning what they have to teach you?  Are you holding in anger or resentment from something that happened years ago?  Are you stuck in an addiction that is sucking the joy out of your work and relationships?  If you said yes to just one question, I can help you move past what is holding you back into creating a life of more joy, fulfillment, peace, success, prosperity and love, where life flows easily and effortlessly and miracles happen on a daily basis.  An extraordinary life is your birthright.  Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift.  That’s why they call it the present.

Affirmation: I lovingly accept and embrace each and every moment of my life.  I peacefully handle anything that comes my way and trust the guidance of my intuition, knowing that my life is unfolding perfectly, exactly as it is supposed to.