Live in the Present Moment

via Daily Prompt: Present

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One of my favourite lines from Winnie the Pooh, and, as with many Pooh sayings, profound. Today is the present moment, there is no other.

Living in the pesent moment has deep roots in many cultures. Living in the present moment is aided my a number of helpful practices, all mindful, all

I am told that among the Australian Aboriginal peoples there is Digerie, a contemplative practice. Notably, the word digerie is the root of digeridoo, the wooden wind instrument. Buddhism, Hinduism, Tao, and several other practices, all encourage meditation in some form. Even within the Christian tradition, meditation developed in the desert monastic communities of the third and fourth centuries. Now there are other non-aligned forms of meditation. Jon Cabat-Zinn at MIT has done substantial research in meditation, showing that it has multiple benefits. Meditation is a pure form of living in the present moment, putting aside all distraction and pressure and focussing on one’s breath and mantra is releasing. To put aside the current crisis, to let go of the tyranny of time, to engage with stillness and breathing is fabulous. Through meditation I can live in the present moment, and I find I’m better for it. I notice more about my responses, behaviour, and thinking. I am challenged to let go of the past and embrace the present. The stillness grounds me so that I am able to face doubt, and the endless permutations of my mind (the monkey mind, of which the Aussie version is a tree full of Galahs).

Jan Glidewell once said: “You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.”

When our lives are completely filled up with the stuff of doing, there is little time for being. Be still for a moment, breathe, focus, let time slip away, and make space in your arms for the present.

Paul,

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25 responses to “Live in the Present Moment

  1. I’ll have to make a few moments in the day to simply be

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  2. Yes, life should be much more about being and less about doing.

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  3. Love the Glidewell quote. 🙂

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  4. Beautifully written!💚

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  5. There are many different forms of meditation and most of them, unfortunately, are a glorified form of self-hypnosis.

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  6. This is most important advice the power of now!

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  7. Lyn Cannon

    I love the quote of Jan Glidewell – I am going to use that in my practice. Yes such a healing concept to grasp in this world of busyness stress and anxiety

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  8. Good advice. there is wisdom in the child’s books Winnie the Pooh

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  9. Great post. Awesome photo, too. 🙂

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  10. Good to read as I prepare to lead our weekly meditation group in an hour’s time.

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