Imagine how wonderful it would be if you could live your daily life without thought of past or future, paying full attention to just what you’re doing at the moment. Because if you could, there would be no fear of the unknown, no adjusting what you’re doing to fit what you think is expected of you by others, no fear of judgement to keep you restrained from creating to your full potential. There would be only the present moment with all its freedom to create with the full force of your joyful self. You do remember that joyful creative self, right?
Imagine what you could accomplish by focusing fully on anything you do. All your talent would arise because you would be out of your own way, out of your mind, so to speak! You would be free to feel the joy of pure inspiration. It would be reconnecting with the self within you that once knew such freedom. Like when you were a baby and the discovery of a new taste, like applesauce, sent chills through you and brought a big smile to your sweet face. We see innocence in babies and forget that we were once that baby. That innocent child who hasn’t yet been conditioned to worry about what others will think of their spontaneous reaction to pure pleasure.
It’s not easy to live in the moment, at first. It takes practice. Most of us have gotten into the habit of living in our minds, playing those old recordings of “our story” over and over and convincing ourselves that our future is limited to what our lives look like compared to those around us. I’m inclined to think it would be a much better world if we were taught in school to live in the moment, The Power of Now, as author Eckhart Tolle writes. We should be taught, at a young age, to protect ourselves from the conditioning of our own societies. To keep our youthful enthusiasm for life.
In my last blog, I wrote about purposely taking the time to be silent, even for just a few minutes a day to feel the connection we have to all life. When you live in the moment, it is that connection to all life that you are experiencing and it is the silence that will allow your creative self to poke it’s head through the door that may have been closed for a long, long time.
Just for fun, what if for just a moment, you pretend that you are someone else? You could even make up a short new history of “who you are”. You could come from that place if you need to and dare to create something new using a nom de plume, if you like. Something that’s just yours! Who cares what others think. I’ll bet you’ll feel good about it. Because who’s more important than you in this moment?
Frankly, I’m in awe of other people’s stories. Hearing their experiences and how they dealt with challenges is inspiring. There’s a best selling book in each of us. Our own biography. How would you like yours to read from this day forward?
Of this I am sure, that life is not a matter of luck, but rather of being Awake to the innate potential in each of us to create our own stories. To change them if we’re tired of the old direction.
The practice of consciously living in the moment, with full attention on what you’re doing, like attending to a loved one in your care, or a simple task like dusting furniture, relieves you of the pressure of thinking of what may seem like “more important” things in your past or future. There is nothing more important than this moment. It’s the only thing we can be sure we have. Treasure it. Acknowledge it. Enjoy it. Your creative powers will blossom, the tangible energy of your life will make you smile. You may even feel the freedom of early childhood again. You’ll be inspired!
I wish you all the joy of finding the present moment and living there.