"Life is a great and wondrous mystery, and the only thing we know that we have for sure is what is right here right now. Don't miss it." - Leo Buscaglia
I opened to a random page of a book and saw this quote. Wow. It is very interesting how our minds work, isn't it? We always seem to be looking to the future or dwelling in things that happened in the past. Today, the day before Thanksgiving I am thinking about all the things I have left undone, and how I'm going to get everything done before hitting the road to be with my mom tomorrow. Plus, I'm thinking about all the things I should have done yesterday and blaming myself for procrastinating so much.
However, around me is a whole world to be explored and savored in this very moment. I have a cup of coffee right here: warms me up, I enjoy the flavor...where did the beans come from? Whose hands made the cup that I am holding?
Right now I am sitting on my couch cuddled under a blanket. I can hear cars going by and lots and lots of raindrops hitting the roof of my house. I often feel so alone yet the world is filled with 7 billion others who may feel the same way.
The keyboard beneath my fingertips is soft to the touch. I have a laptop and it isn't connected to any wires or anything at all. How in the world do my thoughts send signals to my fingers effortlessly and I can magically send you words for your to read through your eyes? And your brain translates these images into meanings and thoughts and emotions arise. We may have never met and now you automatically start looking around your environment to see and experience things you may have never thought of before. Cool, isn't it?
The world is a mystery, that is for sure. I know we all have responsibilities and things to get done, however, when we take a few minutes to just stop and see the miraculous in things and wonder about them...that's when true inspiration can occur. If you are anything like me, your mind is very busy throughout the day and sleep at night is the peace we look forward to, when we can shut it all off. Taking this moment to just be present, can do the same thing.
There's nowhere to be, no place to get for just one or two moments. Slow it all down and reflect. Your mind is probably on auto pilot and not wanting to do this, but oh does it feel good. With a peaceful mind we can take a fresh look and see what is in front of us, what is really important to do and maybe even stay in the present moment while doing them...and enjoy them, rather than racing through to get to the next one.
I'm no master in this, by the way. Just as human as you are. But it's the art of catching ourselves and then getting back on the right track, that leads to mastery. Having peace of mind, more time than not, would be a wonderful, wonderful thing.
Thank you for taking the moment to be still with me.
Sandra Champlain is the author of the #1 international bestseller, We Don't Die - A Skeptic's Discovery of Life After Death and How to Survive Grief CD. She is the co-founder of We Care Grief Support helping others through loss back into life. See the documentary made about Sandra and her mission called We Don't Die - Documenting a Skeptic's Discovery of Life After Death.