With all that is happening, I’ve decided to work on something I’ve been working on for YEARS … but I need a lot more practice.
So, now is the perfect time.
As Pema Chodron, Buddhist nun says, This moment is the perfect teacher.
This moment is the perfect teacher.
So, what am I working on?
We’ve all heard about it. It’s being present in the moment, so we can take in the moment fully.
I LOVE the idea of it … AND yet, it’s rather hard to do.
And totally worth it.
We can hear guidance.
There are TWO reasons why we want to be present or practice mindfulness right now:
First, In the present moment … we can hear guidance.
We hear what we need to hear.
If you’ve been receiving my newsletter for some time, then you know I believe we ALL have a team in the spiritual world that is watching over us and helping us evolve and ultimately, fulfill our destiny.
Often this includes our loved ones who’ve passed.
Thankfully, I discovered this early on after my husband passed.
In the present moment … somehow A SPACE IS CREATED that invites in guidance.
Noticing the color of the sky and the sound of leaf blowers …
Whatever it is.
It’s the singular moment, and …. it’s right there.
Spirit seems to talk to us in these moments.
God, spirit or the universe … seems to talk to us in these moments.
And I love this so much I cannot begin to tell you.
So, when I walk each day I practice being present. I do this by saying to myself: Look.
I look around at all there is to look at and I focus on taking it in.
Yes, I get distracted and look at my phone to see what time it is:)
And yes, sometimes I get bored.
So, I notice this and say: Look …
And I look again.
Then, a few moments later I say: Listen.
And I try for a couple minutes to listen to the sounds of whatever is happening around me.
I simply listen.
Now, I am NOT listening for a spiritual kind whispering or anything like that. (Is there such a thing?)
Instead, I am listening to what is happening in the here and now.
From personal experience I can honestly say: It is ten times easier to work through the gambit of human emotion … in the present moment.
The second reason to be present.
And the second reason why it’s totally worth it to be present is …
And please forgive me for stating the obvious, but in the present moment we AREN’T WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE OR PAST.
We’re just right there … a human being having a human moment.
In the present.
Later, when you least expect it.
And then later … when you least expect it, you get a flash of certainty … or extreme warmth and joy … or insight … or answers.
It comes out of nowhere … and it TOTALLY rocks.
I hope you’re doing well during this interesting time:)
When life is stressful, and we don’t understand what is going on, and we are confused and fearing the unknown, we can check in with our thinking.
And choose thoughts that don’t make us feel worse:)
Trust me, I know I can get caught up in the frenzy!
This week, when I RAN to Costco to buy toilet paper since I heard the planet was never again going to have toilet paper (and instead I bought over 50 packages of tuna since they were out of T.P.) … I had to check myself!
Walking by the news crews and 20 people back in lines at Costco … and I was one of them .. and trying to not touch my shopping cart the entire time!
I just noticed … yes I did.
The last thing I need is to criticize myself! Life will be hard enough without toilet paper!!
Here’s what that can sound like:
Jeanne, you have the power to think differently.
Then I ask myself: Is what I’m thinking true?
Is what I am thinking about, worrying about, afraid of … going to happen?
MAYBE IT WILL AND MAYBE IT WON’T
The fact is: Maybe it will and maybe it won’t.
If you’re focusing on the worse possible scenario … just kindly catch yourself:)
Then, give yourself a big hug and think:
I don’t know what will happen and I can handle the unknown.
I’ve handled the unknown many times before and I’m still here to talk about it!
I don’t focus on the worst.
I don’t add to the negative energy.
When I’m afraid, I take a deep breathe … and then another.
We are all thinking constantly. It’s been measured that humans on average think around 60,000 thoughts a day. So don’t try to run away from them! Instead, practice relaxing with your thoughts while improving their quality.
One way to relax with your thoughts is to notice them without judgment. As we observe ourselves without judgment, we are developing a more loving relationship with ourselves, and tapping into our personal power.
What do you do when the negative, self-doubting, fear-based thoughts keep coming? First, remind yourself that you have the power to think differently. You really do. Then notice what you are thinking about. Just notice without judging. Look at your thoughts as though you are not attached to them.
They are just thoughts and can be changed in any moment.
Then ask yourself if these thoughts are true? Are they? Is what you are thinking about, worrying about … going to happen? Or are you thinking about the worst possible scenario? Over and over again? If you realize your thoughts are false, tell yourself that. “I know such and such isn’t true. I know it probably won’t happen. I’m just afraid it’ll happen.”
Then consciously choose better thoughts.
Thoughts that are worthy of your greatness.
You are a human being capable of unlimited change and growth. Believe that, because it’s true.
And if you don’t believe that yet, tell yourself you are developing your greatness. Because you are. We all are.