Is the grass greener somewhere else?
To the extent we think that it is, that is the extent to which we are not living in the now. And it denies the reality of the here and now, the actual moment we are in. This is the moment you are in right now.
Be in it, not in your head about some other moment or idea.
You don’t have to try to change yourself. We explore this moment not to fix anything, but to experience life beyond the thought-based world. To simply experience your life as it is.
Charlotte Joko Beck says it like this:
‘All I can experience and work with is what my life is right now. That’s all I can do. The rest is the dream of ego.’
And Eckart Tolle says:
‘Be here now’
Your life right now is where you are, so you might as well be in it and experience it fully.
Does that mean we can sit at our computer and do some work because that takes us away from experiencing our body sensations? No, of course not. But if you are sitting at the computer doing some work, rather than procrastinating or checking social media constantly, be in the moment of doing what you want to do. And if you do want to observe your body sensations, why not take a moment to do that? To be present with how comfortable or not you are. Maybe notice how clever those nimble fingers are at the keyboard. And believe it or not, I do think a little bit of procrastination is okay, allow some space for some occasional down time too.
The thing is whatever the current moment contains, be all in with it.
Does that mean we can’t plan for the future? No it doesn’t. When you are planning, be present with planning. When you are reading, be present with reading. When you are at work, be fully at work. When you are going for a walk, be fully with that. Chopping vegetables for dinner or doing the dishes? Be with that. Be present for the moments of your life. Mindfulness has always been a practice of Yoga – to experience our whole self with moment-to-moment awareness.
Be with your feelings and emotions.
Be with your body.
Be with others.
Be where you are.
You can purchase your own set of these contemplation cards from the store HERE and postage is free in Australia. The picture on the front of each card is by Gayle Stone Art. Much more meaning than is teased out here can be taken from these cards, this is just a start. I’d love your feedback and look out for my blog about the next card soon.