In The Moment
By Bernadette A. Moyer
It has become increasingly more difficult to live in the moment as we become more and more involved in “social media” and often at the expense of being present in the very moment in time where we find ourselves. I am just as guilty as the next person often thinking about what is yet to come at the cost of what is here and now.
When we stand in the moment, take it all in and are completely present in the here and the now it is then that we are living a fully conscious life.
“Life is a journey, not a destination.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Forever is composed of nows.” Emily Dickenson
“You can’t go back to how things were. How you thought they were. All you really have is … now. Jay Asher
It seems like life is filled with moments that threaded together become our very one and unique life. When we can be present in the moment and fully aware of where we are we can then engage with all of our senses. Real joy is derived from being there and being truly present in time.
Yesterday I presided over a wedding and I can honestly say the bride was there, she was fully aware and engaged, she was in the moment, in her moment. It can be so easy for a bride who has much on her mind to just go through the mechanics of the wedding ceremony and later communicate it was all a “blur” or “I can’t remember.” I saw her eyes, I saw her face, and I saw her presence. And in that space of time, I saw her joy.
Today we enter a new season and when we reflect upon our summer past and fall ahead and we know that all we really have for certain is today.
To live in the moment, we have to be willing to let go of the past and put aside what comes next so that we may be fully engaged in now. Our love and our joy come from our awareness of right here and right now. Time waits for no one, we don’t get it back.
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” Lao Tzu
Enjoy every moment by being present, fully engaged and aware, and therefore living a conscious life!