Practicing Slowness & Being Present

The Source of Contentment
The Source of Contentment

In our rush to get through the tasks of our day, to complete our errands and answer emails, to look at the next video or link we find … when do we think we’ll find happiness?

If it’s not here right now, when will it come?

Maybe we think it’ll come when we improve our lives, or meet our goals, or succeed at our business, or finish our college degree. Maybe it’ll come when we go on that next trip, or when we find time to relax. Maybe tomorrow.

Or we could try this:

  • Slow down instead of rushing.
  • Pause to savor the current moment.
  • Really notice everything about the moment, and find small things to appreciate.
  • Be grateful for what there is right here, right now.
  • Allow the things that are bothering you to just be in your life, without fighting with them, without pushing them away.
  • Don’t allow little things to offend you. They’re not worth ruining this moment.

Let the beauty of this moment wash over you like a warm foamy wave.

These are all things we already know. But we don’t actually do them. The key here is practice.

If you don’t practice being present, slowing down, enjoying the moment right now, when will you practice? What are you practicing now instead?

Start your practice this moment.

‘When you live completely in each moment, without expecting anything, you have no idea of time.’

~ Shunryu Suzuki

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I am so grateful for the reminder. As a single parent of two boisterous little girls and so much to do, I forgot what it means to live in the moment. Truly it can get hectic…for that, I want to say thank you for sharing this message at a time when I was feeling overwhelmed, scattered and hurried. It was much needed and appreciated. Keep sharing your light. Blessings!

  2. This is a necessary practice to be happy with oneself. I practice being present in the moment in my everyday life. I am a very optimistic person. Hope more will be able to practice this! ❤️

  3. The Power of Now…
    “The future, the worry, the regret, the anxiety – These are all mental events that do not have to be the part of the difficulty of life. These can be transcended here and NOW. ” ~~ By Eckhart Tole

  4. Thank you!! This was the perfect message for me today. I forget that all we gave is the now…it’s always the now ♡

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