Be here now. A simple concept showing up everywhere these days. Simple, yet difficult - particularly when going through challenging times.
As I navigate through a divorce - leaving behind a relationship, 5 dogs & a life I thought would last forever, I catch myself thinking - “once this is settled, I will ___.” Jumping ahead in my mind, planning my future, wanting to be anywhere but here now, sitting with the uncomfortable emotions & uncertainties swirling around my heart & mind.
But really, I know, there is SO much beauty to be experienced in this moment, in these emotions and in this unique time in my life.
I share b/c I know I’m not alone in the struggle to stay present. Whether it’s a job loss, death, breakup, or any other difficulty we face, sometimes it’s easier to drift away from the current moment. But by doing this, we are robbing ourselves of the value available in the experience. If we get in the habit of looking to the future / dwelling on the past that brought us here, we aren’t fully experiencing life -wasting our precious time.
The opportunities in front of us, people & pets we love, jobs we hold, health we have & our surroundings - will never be the exact same as they are now. Everything is constantly changing, everything in life is cyclical.
Relationships change, those we love pass, unexpected circumstances arise, altering what we tend to get attached to. The good news? The end of something we loved, simply makes room for something new & this newness adds richness & depth to our lives.
While we can’t control the cycles of life, we can catch ourselves drifting away & come back to the now, by finding something to be appreciative about in the current moment.
I find, taking the time to be in nature, where the cycles of life are so clear, is one of the best ways to practice gratitude & appreciate the now and all that it offers.
Our minds are so powerful, it’s really up to us whether we use this power to help flow w/ the current of life or try to fight the losing battle against it.
Accepting the present & learning how to work with our mind, will only help us face future challenges with more grace & ease.