Mastering the moment
One day while living in Hawaii, circa 2001, I had been doing my best to stay in the moment. I remember one day sitting at a traffic light in my car, frustrated, that I could not do it, then declaring to the universe that I did not know how to live in the moment and needed help. It felt like the next thing for me to conquer in my spiritual quest for enlightenment.
It was clear to me that when I said to myself, ok, I’m going to now practice being in the moment, I would hear the lists I needed to make, then bring myself back to this moment, then the mind would bring up the things I needed to do, realizing I’m thinking again and commit to the moment again, and the desires I have unfulfilled would arise, again, bring myself into the moment only to have a few seconds later what to let go of and what to keep desiring. I was diligent through the frustration, so I persisted to stay open to the moment and more thoughts came this time it was about people’s words to me, or, the things I needed to say to others showed up. I heard all these thoughts consciously and brought myself back to the moment. This continued for hours at a time, which turned into years.
The challenge is to keep practicing even when it doesn’t seem like you’ll get there. There is a deeper feeling generating the need to see what living in the moment is like and what it will offer on the spiritual path.
When I thought of it, I would do this practice. In the beginning, remembering had to be like a post-it note on my mirror in the morning. Sometimes the practice would be so frustrating, that no matter what I did, even during meditation, stating I am in the moment now, the mind would go off on a tangent and I finally have to tell my divine I am not giving up, but for this moment, I am.
The practice grew into love. Why, if it’s so frustrating, you might ask? Well, as time went on, and I was committing to this practice I was finding the grace connected to living in the moment. As I belabored the practice, I would begin to see more synchronicities in my day, such as thinking of someone and them calling me within minutes of my thought of them, or feeling an intuition about someone and checking in on them only to find they were thinking about me and wanting to connect.
Even more than that, the mundane things in life we need to do started happening even before I put my action into the preparation of executing them. For example, I’m ready to research my next project and as I meander through my computer, the exact thing I’m looking for has popped up on the internet as my answer. One time it was an article I even wrote that gave me the answer I was looking for at that moment, it just popped up on my screen! It’s as if God is hearing my heart and my prayers and answering them, one by one. Then, I begin to hear that many others are experiencing this same type of event happening to them. When talking it through with them we both see that they have been practicing living in the moment as well.
You could say this is a phenomenon or maybe a sign of the times, or, simply a coincidence. And, the joy living in the moment brings me and others who choose to practice is immense and continuous and a part of learning about the power that lies within you to manifest your fondest desires as well as have an abundance of gratitude for your life and what life brings to you.
Please share your experience of Mastering the Moment below. What value did it bring to your life? What challenges do you experiences when you practice? What would you like to share with others about this practice?
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