My life flows between these two mindsets.
Sometimes I am impatiently dwelling on the future's hopes and dreams (or dread and worries as this past year has shown), and sometimes I am a prisoner of my past, be it by being sentimental and introspective, or unforgiving and filled with grudge.
Which brings me to the most timely (no pun intended) mantra I have in my vessel of mantras:
Be. Here. Now.
The NOW is all that there is and all that matters.
If it matters at all.... (That's for another philosophical discussion).
Meditation is my 'Be here now' daily practice, but I also find this mantra to be an awesome reminder throughout the day, to shake off any hold-ups that arise.
So, waiting in line at the grocery store and antsy to get it done with? "Be. Here. Now." In an argument with your loved one and he or she just gets on your nerves...? "Be. Here. Now." Your boss shames you about a past mistake...? "Be. Here. Now."
I wonder if us humans like watching movies and live performances so much because they take us to the NOW with no effort at all.... but even WITH effort, sensing the NOW if only for a moment - can give us a much needed relief. So take a breath....relax your face and your body, and...Be. Here. Now.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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