Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in awareness | 0 comments

For those of you who are wondering, I did not get the cute cottage. And I’m OK with it.

Like John Steinbeck said, “If it is right, it happens. The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”

And so I am re-focused on what is, what I need to be and do NOW to best support the work I do and the life I live.

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Our lives are so full that most of us feel like we’re always catching up or trying to getting ahead, move forward.

Some days, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to pause. To completely stop rushing and doing and striving and simply BE exactly where we are.

This shift in rhythm can open us up to opportunities to notice our accomplishments and revel in how far we’ve come. Instead of pushing further, we have a chance to breathe into the present moment and check in with ourselves. What do I REALLY need right now? What do I REALLY want to do?

Maybe you need a nap. Maybe you need a cool glass of water. Maybe you want to call a friend just to tell them you’re thinking of them.

When we’re always focused on what’s next, what else, what more.…several things can happen:

  • we don’t appreciate what we’ve already done
  • we often don’t realize how tired we are
  • we don’t honor what we really would rather be doing or not doing

So I invite you to try a new phrase. Instead of asking What’s Next, consider What’s Now.

Bring your conscious awareness to this moment, where are you Right Now. Breathe into your belly and follow your breathe in and out, noticing its pattern, its rhythm, its presence in your body.

And ask yourself, What’s Now?

In this moment, how can I best support myself and what I do and feel and need and dream? What’s Now?

Do this often enough and you will notice a shift within yourself. You may be less cranky, more patient, more compassionate with yourself and others. By slowing down and paying attention to the here and the now of life, you’ll even being to notice some magic. And I can’t wait to hear about it!

How do you stay present to What’s Now? Please share your story with me and my readers by clicking on the Comments below.
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