The Power of the Present Moment

Practicing being present

 

The Power of the Present Moment

In March this year I completed a four week long Mindfulness Based Stress Resilience class that also included a day long silent retreat. Prior to taking the class I had an issue with my back and right knee that definitely made me “mindful” about how I was able to move, the pain was a constant reminder. Pain can be a gentle or strong reminder of how we are living our life. I struggled for several days and finally I was in so much pain that I had to take a few days off from work. The decision to take a few days off of work was big for me, I don’t remember the last time I have taken time off due to illness.

I also missed the second class due to the extreme pain.  In the bed on my back with my ice pack I was definitely finely tuned in with each present moment. I practiced breathing and meditating a lot over those days. Being forced to “be still” made me even more present once I was able to move more fluidly a few days later. I gingerly walked the dog and took my time getting in the car. I was forced to practice mindfulness in a way you can only experience when in pain.

It was a valuable lesson. I am proud of myself for taking care of me and listening to what my body was saying. Stop. Slow down. Take care of yourself. I am slowing down more, taking my time and savoring more of the day to day experiences like walking the dog and taking in the sights and sounds. Life’s simple pleasures like watching a child discover something new, feeling the sun on your face or hearing a wind chime are a few ways to connect with the power of the present moment.

My back and knee are much better. I am so grateful for the blessing of moving better and being in less pain. When I find myself walking very fast, I take a breath and remind myself to slow down and be more present by taking in all my senses. I remember how an older person walks, very deliberately and that helps me to moderate my pace.

The present moment is called so because it is a gift. I’d love to hear how you have learned to be more present. Share your thoughts below and share with others.

Be Grateful

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How do you start your day? Before I even open my eyes I raise my arms up to the skies and say, ” thank you, God” for another day. I breathe in the clean air and say, “thank you, God” for another day to be alive and to be of service while I am here. I just lie in bed for few moments and allow that blessing to envelop me like a warm blanket.

There are people that woke up this morning and found someone in their home who was not breathing. There are people who woke up this morning and received news that a loved one had transitioned.  There are some people who did not have a bed to sleep in. Be grateful.

When I am at home, my husband, TD, and I usually both say a morning prayer while we are still in bed to guide and direct our day. Yes, for those who did not know, I married Td Robinson in December 2014. What a blessing he is, and that’s another blog post.I am very grateful. Be grateful.

This morning, in Albany Georgia as I was dictating this blog post, my Yorki Poo, (my mother’s dog) Lacee  just snuggled up to me. At home Lacee has been sleeping on the pillow next to the bed. This was new after years of sleeping in the bed. I am pretty sure she was grateful to be
in the bed sleeping with me. Be grateful.

Thank you God, for waking me up this morning with my physical body intact. Thank you for my sight, taste, touch, hearing, smell and intuition. Thank you for all of the blessings that I receive and the abundance of my life. I am here to serve. Help me know the right words
to say at the right time to the right people. Allow your grace to help me discern the places I need to go today and allow me to be connected with my personal guidance system (PGS) for all of my decisions this day and every day.

I do a series of stretches while in bed to show appreciation to my body since I’ve been sleeping. I take another deep breath in and exhale. I rise out of bed, stand and do a few calf raises with my arms raised and say thank you again. I sometimes do additional stretches while standing. And by this time Lacee is looking at me as if to say, ” can you let a dog out?”  If I move too slowly, Lacee will snort. I let Lacee out and say ” thank you, God”  for Lacee because I know we will be walking soon.  I am grateful to have Lacee to walk. Walking Lacee gives me a way to start my day with exercise and that is a form of meditation, a walking meditation. On my morning walks with Lacee I usually walk in silence and listen and get great ideas. That’s another blog post.

Thank you God. I say “thank you, God” constantly throughout the day. “Thank you, God” is my moment to moment mantra, a simple phrase that expresses a powerful thought. When I’m faced with something that seems painful, sad, upsetting, I take a deep breath and say thank you, God. In all things, give thanks.

A special thanks to my girlfriend, Regenna London, who inspires me with her 40 Day Plan. Regenna is doing a blog post every day for 40 days, along with other amazing things, she is a life coach and certified personal trainer as well, check her out at Tuninguplife.com. If the people around you don’t inspire you, find some new people to be around. It really is that simple.

Don’t forget to take time to be still, get clear, and choose well. “Thank you, God” for the ability  and interest in writing again.

This is part of how I start my morning. I’d love to know how you begin your day. Share your thoughts with me below and hopefully we can share ideas, insights, and offer an inspiration to someone today.

Living by Design: 5 Ways to it Do NOW!

Every day we have opportunities to grow and create the lives we truly want. Each day we must truly venture to “live by design” in order to create a truly divine and magnificent life. Being responsible and accountable for the day we design and the energy we bring to everything requires that we live consciously aware of each moment and the choices that we make – for they will indeed have consequences.

 1.  Embrace change. A dog is a dog every day. A cat is a cat every day. As humans, we have the potential to change every second of every day. Life is beautiful. Life is wonderful. Life is filled with change. We are humans with the amazing ability to CHANGE, our minds, our will, our behaviors, any time. Learn to embrace change as a life partner and welcome opportunities to grow.

2.  Create your own standards. Why is the color blue called blue? Why isn’t the color blue called yellow? Someone defined the colors just as someone defined the holidays and any other point of reference. The reason we celebrate anything in life is because there was a standard set and people believed it. I believe every day is a new day and a new year. I don’t have to wait until January 1st to plan to make changes. Think about your life and redefine standards so they work for you and the life you want to design.  

3.  Balance Technology. Cell phones. Instant messaging. Text messaging. Computers. Technology has no discretion, humans do. We lived for hundreds of years without 24 hour, 365-day access to people. A ringing phone does not require a response. Take time to become aware of your habits and patterns.  Take the time to sit and talk to people in person and ENGAGE with them only. Turn off the technology. Make the effort to be present when you are with someone; turn the phone off or let voicemail do what it was designed to do, take a message.

4.  Say NO when you want to. We are adults, so we have to engage in adult behaviors. Repeat after me,“I am an adult and totally responsible for my life.” That’s it. Make choices for yourself and not for other people. When you don’t want to do something, don’t do it. An explanation is not required. People adjust over time as our behavior changes. No more excuses. No more doing things you really don’t want to do. Be polite when you tell people no. Take a big step to managing your time and life by making the choice to say no.

5.  Appreciate your time. Are you spending time with people you don’t want to? We have all probably done this at some time in life. Being with people who don’t nourish and encourage you is deteriorating your health. Ask yourself this question, “When I talk to _____, do I feel energetic or tired?” Instead of spending time with people who are sucking the life out of you, spend time with yourself.

Let me know your thoughts by clicking the comment button, I’d like to know what you have to say.