Living in the Here and Now- Finding Peace in the Present

Happy Friday everyone!  Today’s Magic word of inspiration from Lisa-Jo the word HERE.  Who knows what will come of today’s word-that is the fun and mystery of it!  Today’s writing came out less poem-ish, and maybe more like prose.  Take a moment to relax in the here and now with me :).  Let’s go!

Go

 

Living in the Here and Now

We spend so much time in the past or present , instead of the Here and Now.

Worrying about what tomorrow brings,

Wondering if we can handle the bumps in the road.

Stressing over all the things that must be done,

Making mental lists.

Thinking of the past,

Maybe even wondering what might have been. —

Paths not taken,

Opportunities missed

Relationships left behind or never pursued,

Lost loved ones.

Choices made,

Some we are glad about-

Some we may regret.

It’s hard to have peace when focusing our energies in places that don’t exist–

in the present.

For all we really have is the HERE and now.

And this my friends, is where Peace lives.

If I leave all worries and fears behind (even relevant, current concerns)-

If I brush away old cobwebs of memories that lurk in dark corners waiting to steal my joy,

And allow myself to be fully present in the Here and Now,

This is what I see-

Freshly painted fingernails in lilac-my favorite flower.

The quiet and stillness of “after midnight” in a warm and cozy home ,

Contrasting to the sound of cold rain softly beating on the window next to the chair where I sit writing-

Setting the perfect stage for words to form on stark white pages.

A rainbow colored ball of yarn at my feet,

Waiting for my fingers to resume knitting the next prayer shawl to be shipped as a surprise to brighten someone’s day.

A cart full of art supplies-painting books and brushes, watercolor pencils and paints,

And even crayons and coloring books 🙂

A paperback book on the nightstand called “The Peach Keeper” ,

Waiting for me to crack it open under covers (in bed) with my book-light.

Two adorable kittens called Micky & Minnie (We Live Inspired’s Mascots),

Whose birth I had the joy of witnessing when I saved them and their mama from the feral cat colony 8.5 months ago.

(They are at present running back and forth in the living room as fast as they can :))

And their little mama Fluffy (she is quite petite) with her pink little nose and sweet expression.

They are the epitome of living fully present in the Here and Now-

Animals and young children teach it best.

When we take time to slow down and become AWARE,

of what really surrounds us -of what is really happening in the Here and Now,

All of the other stuff just melts away.

As we revel in the multitude of blessings ,

And abundant gifts that are ours for the taking.

(that is why it is called “the Present!”).

Yes, all is well in the Here and Now.  🙂

Stop

© Rebekah Ann Stephenson 2013

 

It’s all a matter of perspective my friends-it’s what we choose to focus on.  I am guilty of letting the worry monster take over sometimes (it’s so easy to do when we focus on what is wrong, instead of what is right).  Will you take a moment of quiet meditation with me?  As you read today’s writing, try slowing down and letting the past and future melt away.  Become fully aware of what wonderful things surround you in the present.  Notice the smallest of blessings around you in the room where you sit (maybe you are wearing an outfit you love, or a pet is sitting near you, hey- even if there is food in the fridge to be grateful for!) Think of the blessings in your life.  What “gifts” do you see?

 

While you are at it- If you leave a comment for me today, could you share one gift that you see in the “present” with me?

Newborn Kittens by weliveinspired

Two of my little “gifts”. Mickey and Minnie at 1 Week Old.  (to see full size image click on photo)

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