As the New Year came and went I felt this internal pressure to write something meaningful. Something to close out a year full of change and welcome 2016 with all the magic and hope we attribute to a fresh start.
Yet nothing came. No words were written, no sentiments shared, no grand finale to celebrate what has passed and what’s ahead.
Though the words have been absent, I find myself being much more present recently. Over the weekend I took a walk and as often happens under the influence of the outdoors my mind began to quiet. The racing thoughts of all I want and need to do in 2016 fell away and turned instead to identifying things that serve to bring me into the moment. The list was short, but it was a start:
Watching sunrises and sunsets
I realized I was making a mental list of things that focus my attention on the present because it’s so easy sometimes to feel out-of-control… even knowing full well that much of life is not ours for the controlling. With patience and practice I’ve grown fond of the unknown in a, “I-have-no-clue-what’s-about-to-happen-but-it’ll-be-an-adventure-to-find-out” kind of way.
Yesterday when I sat down to work in my favorite coffee shop the mug for sale on the shelf nearby offered up a timely reminder,
“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” – Rumi
Being in the moment requires the ability to both hold on and let go, which I think is why I appreciate it so much. In the moment there is no past or future, only now. Letting go of what was and what will be while holding on to what is – this is the balancing act. And I tumble, often; lingering in the past or planning for the future. Yet in that perfect space that is the present moment there is a kind of calm, a sort of peace.
If you’ve ever watched a pint of Guinness settle you know exactly what I mean ;)
I’d love to know what brings you into the now. What’s on your list? And have you figured out how to string moments of presence together, hopscotching through the day with brilliant awareness?
Cheers to the now, your presence is requested!