To better understand life, sink into the moment, wherever you are, without past or future. Such a simple intention can take you deeper into what you can do from here. To do anything or go anywhere, you need to start here. Read these handwritten notes to remember: that when you live for the moment, you really live.
5 Little Reminders to Live for the Moment: It Can Give You Everything
1. Be care-full.
“When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” — Thích Nhất Hạnh
When we bring care to what we think, speak, and do, we leave a mark that far outlasts our initial act. Our care-full intention echoes.
2. With gratitude, you are rich.
Don’t forget how rich you are just because you are alive. Life is the point, the purpose underlying every other purpose.
3. Rediscover the home within yourself, again and again.
Stringing together conscious moments, one at a time, can be like a return home. A relief. A gift of space. A better way of living.
“Quiet down the mind. The more the song will play.” — Trevor Hall
4. Notice what others don't see.
When I move through life consciously, I start to notice the tiniest details and I wonder how they escaped my attention before. There is so much to see, so much to hear, so much to experience -- it's what I think we're here to do.
“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” — Eden Phillpotts
5. Find the simplest ways to feel free.
To lie down. To look up. To need nothing else: Sweet freedom.
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What's one change you can make in your daily routine to infuse a little more presence and space into your life? (take a deep breath or two before each task; close your eyes from time to time; pick out 5 things you notice around you; etc.)
Inspire a few deep breaths in a friend by sharing these notes with them.
Pause. Join the living poetry of this moment. It holds everything.
P.S. I think you'll want to read this next: an appreciation poem for true abundance.