Life can be found only in the present moment.
The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and
if we do not go back to ourselves in the present
moment, we cannot be touch with life.
~Thich Nhat Hahn
We all stray from the present moment in a myriad of ways. It’s difficult to live fully in each moment because our minds so easily pull us away. Since getting sidetracked is inevitable, we need to practice returning by taking a deep breath, and gently bringing our minds back to the moment we are living, and back to our center. Mindfulness is a life-long learning, and although in this case the adage “practice makes perfect” doesn’t apply, the practice of returning to whatever moment we are living now brings us back to the sensation of being totally alive. There is joy to be found in the NOW.
Seize from the every moment its unique novelty,
and do not prepare for your joys.
This topic of mindfulness is a favorite of mine because I need constant reminders to be present to my life, and, by so doing, find an aliveness, vitality, and joy that is there for me moment to moment to moment . . .