Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Living Life Fully
What we are talking about is learning to live in the present moment,
in the now. When you aren't distracted by your own negative
thinking, when you don't allow yourself to get lost in moments that
are gone or yet to come, you are left with this moment. This
moment--now--truly is the only moment you have. It is beautiful
and special. Life is simply a series of such moments to be experienced one right after another. If you attend to the moment
you are in and stay connected to your soul and remain happy,
you will find that your heart is filled with positive feelings.-Sydney Banks
Right now. It's the only moment in the history of the world over which we have any sort of control over our thoughts, actions, or feelings. We can't control what happened even thirty seconds ago, and we can't control what's going to happen in ten minutes, but right now we can make decisions that will help to determine what our future's like, and that may make amends for past mistakes or build on past successes and achievements.
A few seconds ago, you decided to read this passage. You read the quotation above, probably, and then started on this passage. Now you're deciding whether to continue or not. Each moment of our life is like this: we decide to initiate or continue actions--or inaction--based on what we think is best for ourselves and others. We may get so caught up in what we're doing that we don't even notice the wonder of this moment--the sounds, the sights, the feelings--and that's a shame. This moment doesn't consist just of what we're doing; it also consist of what we're being, and how we're being it.
"If you attend to the moment you're in. . . ." These are powerful words, and that attention is something that takes practice. This moment is now, and it never shall come again. Feel it, live it, breathe it, and let it be a great contributor to who you are. Sometimes you may lose the moment due to certain tasks that occupy us for extended periods of time, but even then we can be attentive to the tasks, to their contributions to our lives and who we are, and to the fact that we're involved in something that probably will serve other people in necessary ways.
Some of my greatest moments have been those when I've stopped doing whatever I was doing just to be. I stand in silence and listen. I look at everything around me, no matter where I am, and consider how it's a part of who I am. I feel whatever's closest to me. I listen to my breathing. And all this helps to remind me that there's much more to life than what I'm doing at the moment, and much more to me than just the person who's involved in the task.
Questions to consider:
How easy is it for you to notice all that's around you? Can you do it all of the time? Most of the time?
How much do you lose when you don't pay attention to the present moment? Will you ever get it back again?
For further thought:
We have only this moment, sparkling like a star
in our hand. . . and melting like a snowflake.
Let us use it before it is too late.-Marie Beynon Ray
Have a beautiful day! ~Sabrina
Sunday, January 03, 2010
When I saw this, I just had to share it.
M ake short term goals
O ut with the negative thoughts
T hink of why you want it
I magine how you will feel
V isualize the future you
A cknowledge your successes
T reat yourself with respect
I nvestigate new ideas and foods
O bserve your healthy lifestyle
N ever give up and never give in
S upport one another
Have A Great Evening!
Friday, January 01, 2010
Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths.
It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we
transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult--once we
truly know and accept it--then life is no longer difficult. Because
once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.-M. Scott Peck
This is going to be a good year. And yes, there will be many difficulties in it, for you and for me. Accept that fact, and the hardships will be fewer and less intense. Acceptance of difficulties allows us to relate to them in a much different way, just as acceptance of a person allows us to relate to that person in a much more positive manner.
Sometimes things which at the moment may be perceived as
obstacles--and actually be obstacles, difficulties, or drawbacks--can
in the long run result in some good end which would not have
occurred if it had not been for the obstacle.-Steve Allen
Have A Happy NEW Year!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Living Life Fully Meditation
A new year can begin only because the old year ends.-Madeleine L'Engle
The most important part of these words to me is the idea of us allowing the old year to end. If we really want to move into the new year in fresh and exciting ways, then don't we have to leave the old year behind? Can we make a clean start on a year while we're carrying the baggage of yesterday around with us? What we did yesterday is now gone, and what we do today very soon will be in the past. When tomorrow comes, I hope to live that day on its terms, and not try to bring today into the mix.
Of course, years don't end at all except in the artificial human construct of time. To trees, January first means nothing at all, for trees live each moment as it happens. We humans, though, are obsessed with the idea of time, and we like to see time clearly and strictly defined. But just because we define time doesn't mean that we leave yesterday's affairs with yesterday--we like to mix yesterday's problems with those of today, making this day even more confusing.
Madeleine makes sense, though, when she points out the importance of the old year ending. When a movie ends, it's over. We can carry its memory with us, but it is over. When a year ends, we can allow it to be over, but most of us don't do so. Rather, we keep thinking about mistakes we made or problems we had, effectively bringing them into the new year with us. But we don't have to do so.
When today comes to an end, I sincerely hope that I can put this past year behind me and focus on what tomorrow brings into my life. If I can do that, then next year will start with a very positive focus and without many of the worries and concerns that certainly don't need to be there.
Questions to consider:
Why do so many people carry their yesterdays into today?
What does it take to allow a year to end?
How can you make sure that your new year starts out in very positive ways?
For further thought:
Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past.
Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.-Brooks Atkinson
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