How To Live in the Moment

Take life one moment at a time to just be. Be in the moment, be aware, be your natural self. Learn how to wake up to the life happening around you.


Being Mindful of the Moment

Living in the moment is not an easy task. Our minds are like small children, and the slightest thought of the future can set off a chain reaction of persistent thoughts. For instance, like now, you’re sitting here reading this, yet you may have already skipped ahead to tomorrow and are now sitting at the office sending out that email or calling so and so back. The amazing part is that while you sift
through the random “to‑do lists” that your left brain is running away with, you are still reading this.

Perhaps, you’re not in the future at all. Instead, between every few words or so you find your mind flickering back to a particular person or situation from 10 years or so ago‑barely taking in the words you are looking at at this very moment. It’s absolute madness what the mind will do if we allow it. If you want to be closer to God and live from your authentic self, then you have to get out of your head and get into the Right Now. Spending the majority of your wakeful moments off in the non‑existent future or the murky waters of the past, take you away from your true nature.

There is
a time to live
and a time to die
but never to reject the moment.
— Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching

Embracing the Moment

It's time to stop complicating your world. Life is for Living. It's time to live it. If you are reading, read. Focus on each sentence, soak in its message. Meditate on how it relates or doesn’t relate to you at this moment.

If someone is speaking to you, listen. Hear their story. Put yourself in their shoes. Look for ways you wash the dishes. Feel the water warmly rush through your fingers. Notice how strong yet incredibly soft water truly is. Learn how you too can embrace your own soft strength through the rough and rigid paths of life's situations.
can offer your compassion. If you are washing the dishes,just do the dishes.

Practice softly embracing the moment. The more you open yourself up to the moment that is unfolding before you, the more you will naturally become a presence in the present. This is where you will find your true nature; this is where you will find God.

Become a passive observer.

When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself
— Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Appreciation for Simplicity

One of my most favorite simple joys is walking over to my 75-gallon crabitat. I take care of a small collection of land hermit crabs (9 to be exact). As silly as it may sound to you, I find so much joy in my heart and mind when I lean down to peek in on their little world. I never pick them up. My approach is to care for their basic needs without interference passively. I simply enjoy being able to watch them live their little lives. They indirectly remind me to slow down and go with the flow.
Appreciate the scenery. Stay grounded and be in the moment. Be content with where I am at in this very moment.

I have many simple joy habits in my life. They all keep me grounded, present and happy. It is important to recognize and connect with the nature around us if we desire to connect and live from our personal nature.

If you cannot relate to having any simple joy around you, I challenge you to take a moment and begin to meditate on what you can invite into your daily life that requires you to be nothing more than a passive observer.

If you are reading this and already have simple joys around you, please share! There’s always room for more Inspiration!

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Mindful Living

A Personal Lesson in Mindful Surrender

My personal experience and reminder in the art of surrender. First off, it’s super easy to live in harmony when everything is going great. A few months ago, I spent a beautiful day with my daughter and her class visiting and walking around a local park/tourist attraction for her field trip. The sun was shining, the air was sweet with fresh blooms and lush greenery. A beautiful 85 degrees and plenty of walking trails and inclines enveloped by rock formations surrounded us. Not only that, but there was a natural spring that streamed down and through these physical structures. Truly Awesome and Invigorating.

I even met a super nice lady (20 years my senior) who hit it off with me immediately. We were instant friends in the first five minutes of our meeting as if we had always known each other. So, needless to say with endless candid discussions, lots of laughter and amazing scenery and weather, it was a perfect day.

Then I got home.

The plan was to stop in at the house for just a moment to let our dogs out so they could do their business (because my daughter and I had to leave right back out to go pick‑up my son and his friends from the high school).

So, we did just that.

I opened up the doors to the backyard, let the dogs out and proceeded to check my
emails. Done! Time to go so we won’t be late. I grabbed up my purse and out the door, we go! As the door closes behind me, I am suddenly struck with a feeling of desperation.

I didn’t check to make sure I had my keys.

I always check for my keys before I close any doors. And, I don’t just check once, I usually check four or five times in a row just to make sure. Not today, though. No sirree bub. I must have been so elated from such a beautiful day that I became completely absent minded and rather than being in the moment I was physically in, my mind was already in the car on its way to pick up my son.

When the sound of that door let out a resounding I am closed and sealed shut; I became cloaked in fear immediately. I looked at my daughter, “Oh Karma! I don’t think I have my keys!” as my hand began rustling around in my bag.

So, the first thing I did was text my son to let him know what I had done and just to hang tight. I grabbed an old store rewards card from my wallet and began to wedge it in the door jam as I shimmy and shook the door. I didn’t know what the heck I was doing, I’ve seen it done by other people on other doors, but to be honest, I didn’t know what I was supposed to feel or look for as I awkwardly fussed with this door. Me blindly fumbling with this door was our only hope in getting back in the house.

As I’m jiggling and pulling at the door, I’m feeling a pure sense of panic take over. All I can envision is my poor son and his friends still waiting for me an hour later. I look over, and there is little Karma, bent over in her chair, calmly, silently praying. That precious image of her pulled me out of my panic and into the moment.

Finally, I Surrendered. I allowed the panic to leave me, the desperation, the lack of faith. I emptied my emotions, my thoughts and gave into the now. Breathing calmly, I continued to wedge the card and jiggle the door blindly (still not knowing what the heck I was doing), suddenly the door gently gave and opened with no force! Just like that.

I was instantly reminded that to live in harmony with our own nature and the world around us; we have to only surrender. We have to empty ourselves so that the way can fill us. We have to do what we know needs to be done and then surrender to the moment. When we catch ourselves in moments of panic and desperation, that is when we need to SEE what we are doing and immediately correct ourselves by letting it all go. Reminding ourselves that it is what it is and it will be what it will.

That is when the door will gently give and open without force.

How To Get Out of Your Own Way—Alan Watts

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