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Why It’s Called The Present

Get a free reading at PsychicAccess.comYesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, today a gift from Spirit. That is why it is called ‘the present.’ The present is indeed a gift – one that is often ignored. At any given moment we can become miserable. Life is a constant series of choices and decisions. We decide what we want to pay attention to, and what we let go.

This can be a dangerous path. If you are in denial; unconsciously running away from your feelings; living in a fantasy world; using unrealistic thinking; or abuse drugs or alcohol; you can indeed ignore reality and red flags.

There is a balance. We live in the world, but we do not control it. A wonderful saying from the Twelve-Step Program is, “Do the footwork, let go of the results.” One can add to that… ‘don’t forget to smell the roses.’

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Staying in the present, making plans, yet, letting go of control, is a disciplined juggling act – one worth mastering! Letting go is not resignation, but rather surrender and acceptance. No matter how bad or how scary moments of life can be, there are also many magical moments: diamonds sitting on black velvet; butterflies landing on a flower; the sigh of contented dog on the floor. We can gather these moments throughout the day, one flower at a time, until we have a full bouquet.

People tell me how difficult this is. I wonder. I wonder if it is just difficult to break a habit. Every day we gather moments and put them together to describe our day. For many of us the habit is to gather the moments of despair, feelings of failure, and predictions of fear.

But once you get into the habit of gathering the moments of connecting to others, seeing a hummingbird, enjoying a meal, laughing with a cashier at a store, then it is not so difficult. That is the beauty of habits. Once they become new habits, they are easily implemented.

If your habit of gathering moments of the day needs changing, make the effort. Settle into the new habit of finding those moments that work for you – each day, in each situation. Make your plans, and make it part of your plan to enjoy the trail, not just the destination.

If you  are in dire circumstances, first remember life never stays the same, it always changes. This too shall pass. If it rains, play in the rain. If someone is dying, enjoy the sweet sorrow and joy knowing they are going to a better place and you have been blessed to know and love them. Remember, not everyone has someone to love in their lifetime.

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it ~ Sylvia Boorstein

If you are in poverty, find someone worse off than you to help, or share some time with. Companionship, sharing sorrows, reaching out… these too can be moments in the dark. This is not easy work; it is easy to be overcome by sorrow and fear. But it is worthwhile work. Either way you cannot control the events, but you can control how you care for yourself given the circumstances.

Parent yourself, be your own best friend. It will serve you well in the present, as well as in the future. Become strong enough to find moments of joy.

Life will change and you will be in better shape when the changes come, if you don’t let yourself be devastated or debilitated by challenging times. When life gets better, you don’t want to have to spend years in recovery because you did not take good care of yourself in the down times. There are always down times, just like there is always weather.


About The Author: Nonna

Nonna lives in Southern California, and is a professor of psychology and a teacher of psychic development, energy work and meditation, who has recently finished her PhD. She has been a counselor for both humans and animals for thirty years, removing energy blocks through her expertise in the spiritual arts. She also has numerous years of study and practice with classic psychological therapeutic models, family work, twelve-step processes, nutritional and body/mind/spirit healing, complementary, alternative, and quantum medicine. Nonna is brilliant at unearthing the gems in every client's soul and polishing them to a fine finish. To release your own soul's sparkle, contact Nonna at PsychicAccess.com.

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