A Note from Genie: I was so happy when I found this song by Joe Reilly. If you enjoy it as much as I do and want to know more about Joe, including where you can see him in person or buy his music please visit his website. http://www.joereilly.org/
This is a time of year that we tend to get caught up in the past and the future. We analyze what we did “wrong” last year and are determined to do “better” this year. We set lofty goals for the upcoming year that are often forgotten by June. So what’s wrong with this picture?
Life happens in the present moment. If we focus on past “mistakes” or future “dreams” we miss out on all of the richness of life happening all around us right now.
Some of us are so goal and achievement focused that we miss what is going on around us. Children grow, friends and family die, dreams come and go and we wonder where time went.
If you are an empath or highly sensitive you may intentionally block out the world around you. When light is too bright, sound is too loud and touch is painful the easiest way to deal with things is to shut the outside world out. Been there done that. It doesn’t work.
We always have the present moment, but how often do we miss it? We listen to the constant chatter of our mind and believe that is what life is all about. Believe me it isn’t.
Take a minute and notice your breath. Breathe in. Beathe out. Can you hear your breath? Can you hear or feel your heart beat? What can you hear around you? Are there birds singing you never noticed? Can you see the bird? If thoughts come up, and they will, set them aside. Stay centered in the present moment and your breath.
This is not just something to do when we are meditating. We can take it out into the world with us. When we begin to stay in the present moment we will realize the joy and beauty of right now.. Be there with and for those who accompany you on your journey. Savor these moments. Don’t let regrets of the past and worry about the future steal them from you.
Breathe in… breath out. Isn’t it amazing how this simple act provides life giving oxygen to the entire body? How many times do we do this without even noticing? Unless you have a medical condition that makes breathing difficult you may even take this for granted.
I finally learned how to breathe in my forties. Until then my breaths were so shallow Bob sometimes wondered if I was breathing. Learning to breathe was one of the beginning steps on the road to health for me.
Breathe in… breathe out. Following the breath is one way to calm the mind. We do this in meditation. In a meditation tradition I practice we also follow the breath into the Silence where God awaits.
Please take a few minutes for this guided breathing meditation with Kim Eng.