It is easy to forget the many blessings we have, which is why Thanksgiving is such an important time to cherish all we have to be grateful for in life. The present truly is a gift to be cherished. An attitude of gratitude can change your life.
When I stop in the moment and ask myself if I'm ok, I realize I'm not starving, I'm not oppressed and I'm not a prisoner of war somewhere. I'm in a safe place and have much to be grateful for in life.
We have to stop allowing ourselves to slip away from the present moment. Did you know that ALL of our anxiety comes from worrying about the future or regretting the past?
This little saying helps me re-focus when I find myself struggling to stay in the moment:
Yesterday is History
Tomorrow, a Mystery
Today is a Gift
That’s why it’s called
It is a daily conscious effort to stay in the moment, especially in today's busy world. Appreciating the simple things in life is a good lesson for those who need to learn to live in the moment. By doing this, we begin to engage our senses to the point where everything we experience becomes more real and vivid. When we sense everything around us, we start to feel life.
This is when we begin to ENGAGE in life rather than merely OBSERVE it.
This is living!
While it may not be easy at first, we can learn to enjoy the present moment and live life to its fullest by accepting that we are on a journey into the unknown. Instead of being afraid, let this inspire you!
Life should be a journey...an adventure. We are not supposed to know what happens next.
Live each day as if it were your last and cherish every moment of it. Learn to live with uncertainty for this is the first step on the spiritual path of awakening.
Become fascinated with nature. The beauty of nature is one way God shows us he exists. Beauty provides us with a source of inspiration that is available everywhere to everyone. Embrace the gift of the present moment and realize how blessed you are. The present moment is all we really have.
The present should be the primary focus of your life. You can always cope with the present moment. However, you cannot cope with something that hasn’t happened yet and you cannot change the past.
As you know, I feel very strongly that it's not about WHAT happens to you in life. It's how you RESPOND to it that really matters.
You can control how you respond to the present moment, and how you respond to the present moment determines your future. We have a choice to be happy and embrace the moment or be miserable and remain stuck. I choose to be happy and hope you will join me in my journey.
I wish all of you a truly wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I am very grateful for each and every one of you and know that we have found each other for a reason.
"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many--not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." ~ Charles Dickens
Love & Light,