I found myself at the beach again today.
I suppose clear skis, sunshine and nearly 70-degree weather in February has something to do with it.
While walking the beach, barefoot and flanked by my daughters, my heart almost exploded with pure joy.
I couldn’t help but think about how important it is to love your Now.
Yeah, yeah, easier said than done.
I get it.
I used to say the same thing.
How do you enjoy your now when your mind is cluttered with “mistakes” from the past you keep reliving, or worries about tomorrow (like how you will pay the bills or make headway on that growing To Do list).
Here is what Eckhart Tolle (Power of Now) has to say about it, and I think his perspective is worth a read:
“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
Lately, I have been consciously choosing to enjoy my now. I can hear you say: “Uh-huh, sure Heather. Easy for you to do while the Pacific ocean is kissing your toes.”
Seriously, though, I have lived places that I found hard to love. Try: Boston in winter (um, I call it “cold” when it dips below 70) and summer in Phoenix (I call it “hot” when it tops 90). I have been in situations that were beyond stressful, exhausting, and heart-wrenching. Who hasn’t?
But I do believe there is something to love about every place and every situation.
Yes, Virginia, you can love your NOW.
Before you think “Well, she doesn’t know MY situation.” Why not try it? I mean, what do you have to lose?
How to get started:
- Look around and call out things you love (even when I am in traffic I can love that I live in a place with a paved road or that the car in the lane next to me is staying in it’s lane)
- Ask yourself: What am I learning here? (and wait for the answer – don’t think the answer – wait for it…it WILL come)
- When you find yourself with a thought that isn’t bringing you love and light, say: “delete,” “cancel,” or “next thought, please”
Let me know how it goes. And never stop Living Love.