There's no time like the present! This moment too, shall pass. The times they are a changin'.
If there's one thing we humans tend to do, it's try and hold on to stuff. Many times it's easy to forget and hard to remember the present is a new place. Especially in the last century as change has happened more quickly.
In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time. - Leonardo da Vinci
I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer.
Colette (1873 - 1954), The Last of Cheri, 1926
Passion kept one fully in the present, so that time became a series of mutually exclusive 'nows.'
Sue Halpern, O Magazine, September 2003
Living in such a fast paced time, with many demands on one's attention, it is easy to get caught up in any place but now. As I mentioned yesterday, I meditate daily, and this is a great big reason why: I want to find myself in present time. I want to bring my attention and my energy back to me. I want to let go of the past. I want to heal those parts of me that are out of whack.
Many people, and I was one once, are so busy that they are running all day long. There is never time for sitting, being, reflecting. Especially in the United States, something about a Work Ethic? People think they are being lazy if they take time to reflect, sit, be. Hell, nobody's supposed to just BE anymore! How many people do you see just sitting on a park bench, not doing anything else? Not plugged in, reading, talking on a cell phone, listening to music, or glued to a computer screen?
One reason I love to travel is that I can shake off the everyday demands to be anywhere but here, any time but now. While traveling, I have the opportunity and the space to see something new. Not just landscapes, but people. I can more easily be in the present, because that's where I am.
What are the activities that help you be in the present? Do you like to be here?
"A Moment in Time" 2006 32"x29" acrylic on vinyl in reverse SOLD