The Present Moment

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“Whatever the present moment contains,

accept it as if you had chosen it.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

This is a lesson for me and perhaps it resonates for you as well.  Either way, we are on this journey of living in the present moment and finding peace within it without looking forwards or backwards.  That’s not to say that we don’t plan or learn from mistakes in the past.  It is that we take this precious gift of this moment in time and we do not squander it with thoughts that do not benefit our souls.  Repeating mistakes constantly in our minds, reliving sadness over and over or staying in that rut in your mind that plows deeper into depression does not serve you.

Gratitude for what is here, in the now, serves you.

Enjoy the Presents of Presence.

Shine On!

xo

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28 thoughts on “The Present Moment

  1. what an awesome quote. if you cannot own your own life, your own choices, what is the point. one could certainly choose to deny the moment, but all that achieves is denial…the moment is still there, whatever is IN that moment is still there…the only thing not ‘present’ is the denier. and I LOVE your added shine “It is that we take this precious gift of this moment in time and we do not squander it with thoughts that do not benefit our souls.” Just perfect. xo

  2. So true. Obsessing over the “what ifs” can drive you to insanity, or at the very least waste so much precious time.

      • Well, I’m getting ready to leave tomorrow and spend a week as a volunteer counselor at a summer camp in West Virginia. My blog will be inactive for the next week or so, but you can expect a blog post about my experience by the end of the month (this camp is not your typical summer camp). That’s about what I’m doing-thanks for taking interest, Yvonne. And I really appreciated all of the comments you’ve left on my recent posts. I hope things are going well for you.

      • Oh I can’t wait to hear about your camp experiences when you return. Those campers are in for such a treat having your as their counselor! Enjoy every special moment Jack! ♥ We’ll be here waiting for you when you return.

  3. Profound and helpful quote! We should not waste our time. Each second has a special meaning… Thank you Yvonne, have a nice week-end!

  4. What I feel about the path I have walked and the decisions Ive made is this: I know that my choices in the past was right for me at that particular point, I mean, now, with the knowledge I have, I might wish I had made a different choice, but then I remember my emotional state at that specific point of time, and I know I made the right choice for me in that moment. I have always followed my heart, I have never just done something because someone told me to, or beacuse I was scared, so I know every choice was the right for me in that moment. And every choice has led up to this moment. We have a saying in Norway (or maybe it is International I don’t know) : The path is made while walking. I think this is important to keep in mind, if we are too goal-oriented we walk with, I dont know what it is called in English, but you know those things they put on horse’s eyes so that they can only see what is right in front of them. We only look ahead and we don’t notice the things around us, maybe something occurs that could make us change our course, but we are to goal-oriented too notice, and we miss out on something important that could make our life richer. Sometimes, I feel that the best thing we can do is to be open to the world around us, and just to take one step at the time, and be excited about the unknown and the mystery of the journey 🙂

    • Line, what a great response! I am grateful for your comment. They are called ‘blinders’ on a horse and you explained it perfectly! Thank you! Yes, I heartily agree that we must ‘stop and smell the roses’ and not be so goal-oriented. xoxo

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