Wednesday, January 13, 2010

365 Lessons-Lesson 13: Live Moment to Moment

This moment is all you have. What are you doing right now in this moment? Are you here? Can you feel yourself from the inside? Can you feel your breath? Can you feel your body? How does your body feel in this moment? Stop everything. Stop your thinking and just feel yourself from the inside. How do you feel? Take the next few moments to feel yourself from the inside out........

We spend so much energy thinking about the past and the future, but all we really ever have is now. Maybe you know this, you have read about it, people have said this in the past and you agree. But do you really know this? Are you really practicing this?

How much time do you spend thinking about the future......where you want to go, what you want to do, who you want to be. Or how much time do you spend worrying about the future or lamenting about what happened in the past? Is this really a good use of time? What's gone is gone and the future's not ours to see.

I am a list maker. One reason I make lists is to get thoughts out of my head. I put my ideas on paper. When I complete something on the list, I cross it off. I try not to think too much about what I have done or what I'm going to do. I just put it on the list. Sometimes I lose my balance and start thinking about what I'd like to accomplish in the future. This gets overwhelming after awhile and starts the whole cycle of stress, worry, fear, etc. These emotions can overpower us and make us feel like quitting.

I think it is good to reflect on our own accomplishments from the past, as long as we don't get stuck there. If we are mindfully reflecting, it can give us strength for this moment. If we are holding on to what we once were, we have lost this moment.

Oprah Winfrey said, "My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment." I completely agree.

Right now you may be thinking, "I don't like where I am in life." This thought can be discouraging. To get ourselves out of the deep hole that we have put ourselves in can seem like too much effort. It's easier just to rest in the hole and forget about it. If we think about the distance we need to go, we may stop before we even begin.

Once you start living your life in moments, this whole idea of getting somewhere changes. The only thing you are responsible for is living THIS moment the best you can. Just think about this moment. Keep bringing yourself back to this moment again and again.

If you are walking, just walk. If you are looking at the ocean, just look at the ocean. If you are typing a blog post on your computer, just type a blog post on your computer. If you are reading this blog post, just read this blog post. If you are shoveling shit, just shovel shit. If your children are screaming, witness that in the moment and do what you need to do in the next moment. If someone says something you don't like, witness it first. How does that feel inside you. Be where you are without thinking you have to change it...without thinking you have to change YOU or anyone else.

Of course emotions and feelings and thoughts will arise when you are doing any activity, but you don't need to chase your thoughts down dark corners. Let them come up, let them be there...but don't hold them.

Right now I am typing. I feel my fingers on the keyboard. The sun is shining into my office. I feel tingling in my feet. My legs are crossed. I feel comfortable right now. I feel light. I don't know what I will type next, but this is what I am typing right now.

How about you? How do you feel right now? How are you living this moment? It's all you have.


  1. I am one of those people that needs to be doing 100 different things at once, just to feel like I am doing something. Terrible, isn't it?

    But the moments I'm most at peace is when I can just be still, relax and observe the world going on around me.

  2. Wow..I am so happy that I found your blog. You are an amazing writer and really touch the essense of where I want to be. I found your blog on The Evolving Spirit...I am following you now on FB Networked Blogs. I can't wait to read more.

  3. what i needed. again. I was living in the frustration of last night how tired i am from Monte screaming a lot. Frustration of the work I have to do but tired. But now, just now, I am typing a comment in my very inspiring friends blog post who always has what I need to read in the right moment.

  4. I'm a list girl too. Sometimes the only way I can get to sleep is to write a list of everything I'm worried about, and let the journal worry about it for the night! Now if only my journal would magically fix all those things! :oP

  5. This is wonderful synchronicity! I have a series I have written that I've broken up into pieces posting a bit each day for the next few days on my blog that touches on this subject. How wonderful! I am a list maker as well and for the very reasons you mention. I am typing, I am sitting, my hair is wet from a fresh shower. I am satisfied from dinner and I am grateful to have found your blog.


  6. Alex-No, it's not's how it is. At least you know that. It also sounds like you do have moments of stillness and you enjoy those moments.

    Zenful Mommy-Welcome to 365 lessons...I will visit your blog soon! Thanks for following!

    Thanks also are so uplifting to me!

    Quixotic-I'm right there with you..oh how I wish the list would just take care of itself ^_^!

    Aine-I will check out your series on your blog...thanks so much..I'm following you and I'm grateful to find you too.

  7. Hi Katherine,

    I am really enjoying this series that you are writing. Thank you, I really appreciate the time and effort you are taking to share these lessons that you have learned.

    Kind Regards

  8. This has been a life-long struggle for me. I tend to live in the past or focus on the what-if's of the future. Both time wasters. I actually tried to live in the moment yesterday and it felt so weird but good at the same time. Here's to doing it again today!

  9. glad you are enjoying this blog. Sometimes I feel like I've bitten off more than I can chew, but people like you keep me going.

    Marla-I think it's a life long struggle for everyone, myself included. Glad that you tried and would like to try it again's to living moment to moment!