Are you waiting for the clock to change?

Hello my fellow human Beings:

Do you find yourself watching the clock, just waiting for the time to change?

Perhaps you are waiting for the quitting bell or the recess bell.

Or perhaps you are waiting for pay-day or the weekend or your next vacation.

Or perhaps you are waiting for the pain to go away or this storm to pass or the moment you will feel better.

Waiting, anticipating, watching, hoping, grasping, searching, craving, yearning.

We can easily turn ourselves into clock-watchers, change-cravers, and future-yearners.

By focusing our attention on the future, the next moment, another minute, another hour, another day, another time, we forget that the most important time to live is NOW.

NOW, this moment, this very instance, is the only real moment of time that we have to live.

This is the moment that we are.

This is the moment that we live.

This is the moment that life is.

Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hahn reminds us that:

“Yesterday is already gone, tomorrow is not yet here.  Today is the only day available to us.  Today is the most important day of our lives.”

So instead of reminiscing longingly over memories gone by or grasping for the uncertain wishes of tomorrow, let’s try to focus instead on today.

… and not just today, but this minute, this second, this moment in time.

For no matter what life circumstances you find yourself in the midst of, just take the time to stop, pause, breathe and reflect on this very moment and ask yourself:

 Who am I in this moment?

What am I in this moment?

How am I in this moment?

Don’t worry about the labels, the concerns, the life problems, the health problems, the bills, the to-do lists, etc.

Just pause, BREATHE IN and BREATHE OUT and just BE.

BE who you truly are.

BE all of you.

Just BE.

Thich Nhat Hahn comments:

 “Don’t chase after your thoughts as a shadow follows its object.  Find joy and peace in this very moment.”

It is through our mindfulness practice that we can find joy and peace in this very moment.  Our mindfulness practice helps put into perspective what life is all about, who we truly are, and how to truly live life.  It breaks us away from the hamster-wheel of life’s daily chores, appointments and deadlines.  It causes us to step off the treadmill of to-dos, must-haves and should-ofs and helps us to breathe the essence of life and reminds us why we live.

So the next time you find yourself anxious about the time and clock-watching, pause, be still, BREATHE, connect to your True Self to remind you who you truly are and follow Thich Nhat Hahn’s advice:

 “Walk slowly.  Don’t rush.  Each step brings you to the best moment of your life, the present moment.”

… and live more abundantly!

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