A few days ago I picked up a copy of the late Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book “Excuses Begone” for $1.00 at a local used bookstore. It was a treasure for me to find this book and I began reading 20 minutes after I bought it.
The other night I began a chapter that talked all about the concept of Now.
Now is the core of mindfulness. It reminds us that the past is gone, over, and done with. Whether your past is a trauma from 20 years ago or something you forgot to do 5 minutes ago… it’s over. You have Now. You get to act from right now.
The future… is seemingly never here… because we are constantly living in the Now. We can anticipate the future, but when it finally comes, it is no longer the future and again reminds us to be in the Now.
This is all pretty familiar to me, but that doesn’t mean it’s incredibly easy to practice.
Since reading that chapter in Excuses Begone, I’ve realized how infrequently I am accepting of my Now. I’m always thinking about what I could have done (past)… or what I should do (future). I think about the things on my list of things to do, people to talk to, things I want to acquire and experience… and while it is wonderful to have dreams and goals, it keeps me constantly spinning my wheels and unhappy with what I’m living right now.
I’m finding that when I look around my now and see wonderful things/people/experiences, I become very grateful for the Now.
I’m working my dream job as a life coach, writer and tarot advisor. I’m sitting in my beautiful home office on my laptop that functions perfectly. I’m home during the day to be with my sweet daughter Felicity, to play dolls with her, to walk the dog with her, to tuck her in while she naps. I’m enjoying the aroma of sweet incense. I’m surrounded by photos of my family, loved ones and so many other things that make my heart sing. It’s a beautiful sunny fall day outside and I’m blessed to live in the house I live in. I have a husband who adores me and our family that we’ve created. I could go on and on and on…
Look at what you have now. By amplifying what you are surrounded with and truly dropping into appreciation you are functioning on a tremendous frequency of joy and appreciation… for all that is.
This is by far the best way to live an amazing life and to continue to move into a beautiful future (that will of course become your new Now!).