Staying Present In A Time Of Change

Autumn is near its end with signs of winter manifesting itself. Hang on as tight as you can, and you still cannot change the force of nature. Seasons change as does all other things in our lives. Are we to be a leaf drifting aimlessly as the tree to which we were once anchored lets go of us, or do we continue our journey with purpose as the wind propels us into new experiences?

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Fortunes change. Relationships change. Careers change. Neighborhoods change. Opportunities change. Passions change. Goals change. Desires change. Health changes.

If we are living our lives the way we were meant to then we are dynamic creatures, adapting ourselves to the ever-changing world in which we live. Living a static life wears away at our cores, just as the wind, snow and rain erode the mighty mountain as many people walk its paths.

I just read an interesting article, “Be Present…Change Is Inevitable” by Milissa Castanza Seymour in the October/ November 2015 issue of Creations Magazine where the author discusses becoming grounded and gracefully allowing change and personal transformation into our lives.

Ms. Castanza Seymour tells us to “be in the present moment where awareness lives and our journey lies. Living in the present moment helps us to develop the awareness that brings us peace and healing….By accepting what is, we become part of the life we are living. We slow down. We participate fully. We learn gratitude. We become mindful. We accept change. This grounds us.”

She goes on to tell us about the Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, who “reminds us that  the simple act of focusing on the in and out of our breath brings awareness to the present…as does smiling... .Contemplating the future or lamenting the past will not enhance this moment but rather make our lives a hodgepodge of anxious transitions. If we can’t find peace in the present moment, it will always be fleeting and unattainable.”

Ms. Castanza Seymour recommends this breathing exercise be done for five minutes a day.  With your eyes closed, “Sit in a quiet place free from distraction. Pay attention to the quality of your breath… Allow your breath to become calm, drawing it in slowly as you relax your face and shoulders, allowing your belly to expand naturally. Exhale and relax your belly. Focus on your breath and imagine your belly is a balloon, filling and emptying as you inhale and exhale… .  Focus on your breath.”

Learning to live in the present allow us to more fully enjoy the moment and to appreciate our lives. Pay attention to the people you are with. Enjoy the conversation. Take in your surroundings. Enjoy the here and now.

Complaining about the past and unduly worrying about the future causes anxiety. It doesn’t allow you to appreciate what is good in your life. Stay present.

Let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: Is Heaven A Place Or A State of Mind?

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