Time is precious.
Every person is born with a lifetime of moments, and so many will be stolen from us by systems and events beyond our control.
The present moment is all we have. It’s not always pleasant, but being attentive to the present moment brings clarity and calm. In the present moment, we see what’s important, what’s wrong for us, what’s right for us, and what needs to change.
The past and the future don’t exist except in our minds. Yet we spend so much time there, remembering, regretting, planning, fearing. Or worse, we spend time thoughtlessly playing games, watching videos, or busying ourselves with work in an attempt to ease our normal anxious, empty state.
We live in systems that have trained us to do this while preventing us from realizing we’re doing this.
How can we be present more often?
Every person is born with a Body. A beautiful Body that does hir best to always be healthy and thriving. A beautiful Body that has desires and messages that we often ignore or don’t know how to listen to.
Turning to our Bodies, Earth, physical matter – these exist now. Being attentive to Bodies brings us back to where we really are and what’s really happening.
The present moment is a mantra.
When I learned how to meditate from Emily Fletcher, I learned that a mantra is a word that you want to focus on lightly and forgive yourself when you stray from it. You will always stray from the mantra because you have a human brain, but it’s your choice to come back to the mantra when you notice your attention has wandered.
Come back to the present moment by slowing down, breathing, noticing your surroundings, noticing your thoughts, noticing your Body.
Right now, I notice:
I am safe.
No predator is trying to eat me.
It’s cold outside but I am lucky to live in a place with heating.
It is quiet and I can think.
Who and what are you giving your precious time and attention to?
Is this serving your happiness?
What small changes can you make in your life to be more present?
In what ways can you pay attention to your Body? Can you be more loving or respectful towards your Body?