The Eternal now
Here is a quote by William Phelps: "We look backward too much and we look forward too much; thus we miss the only eternity of which we can be absolutely sure- the eternal present, for it is always now."
Living in the "now" is one of the hardest personal challenges I face. My active "monkey mind" is constantly reliving details from my past or taking action to deal with the uncertainties that I could possibly encounter in the future. It is during my tai chi and qigong practice that I consciously take the time to live in the now. This is a time for checking in with my body and mind. Is my body tense from holding stress? Is my mind creating scenarios that are alarming or calm? Am I breathing slowly or rapidly? Am I aware of what is around me or am I in my head thinking of the list of things to do?
If I can bring my mind to the present moment I can experience more peace and joy. I can truly enjoy life and keep my energy vital. My busy thoughts and activities have less of a chance to deplete my energy. My tai chi and qigong is an ongoing practice in mindfulness. How do you practice being mindful and living in the present moment?
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I am filled with wonder, gratitude and awe for the journeys we travel and for the teachers we meet along the way.