Being Present

I’m going to start by saying that being present in the moment, is no walk in the park. It’s hard to stay in the moment, to not let your mind wonder to what’s on your to do list for the day, what bills you have to pay, what will you be doing next week, next month, next year. To just be present in the moment, to pay attention to the here and now, this moment, to be joyful in it, to find that moment to breath, take it in.  Most every morning, I rise and sort of shine, I do a few exercises, mixed with some yoga, if I get 30 minutes in, things are looking up. I then move on to my meditation, I may do 20 minutes with Deepak and Oprah or I may read a poem, or just sit quietly practicing my being present, not letting my mind wonder, just concentrating on my breathe. Sounds like I’m on the right path, right, not so sure. I think my “wandering mind” muscle is much stronger than my “just live in the moment” muscle.  I have a really hard time not thinking about all the little stuff and big stuff that I allow to clutter my mind, however the fact that I acknowledge that stuff, then let it pass on by, does make me more aware and perhaps that’s the first step to being present each moment of my day, my week, my life.  Becoming aware, now there is an “ah ha”  in the moment for me!

Peace

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”  Eckhart Tolle

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Peace and Love, Sharen

A Simple Beginning

IMG_7712Today was a beginning for me, the beginning of this journey to simplify my life. Well, it is really Carter, my wonderful husband and my life, that is being simplified. I probably have the most work to do, because I find I have become overly connected to my stuff, Carter is good with just being with me, ahhh, so sweet, but it makes it much easier for him to simplify, in terms of stuff. I found this quote in the book “Simple Truths” by Kent Nerburn; it hit home with me, spoke straight to my heart:

“Most of our possessions arrive in our lives almost by accident.  Gradually like falling snow, they accumulate around us until they form the basis for our identity. We do not intend this to happen. Most things we acquire are meant to increase our happiness and sense of fulfillment. But their uniqueness is quickly subsumed into the ordinariness of daily affairs. We wake up one day and find ourselves surrounded by possessions that mean nothing to us. Our freedom is gone; our lightness of being is gone. In their place is a sense of responsibility and ownership. We have become curators of our own cluttered reality.”

        So, I am on a journey to regain my freedom, my lightness of being. First thing, a good cleaning of my closet, really I have clothes in there from ten years ago, if not more. It was truly liberating to toss all those things I haven’t had on, in forever, shoes, clothes, purses, into the box to be given away or sold at a garage sale. I feel lighter already.