August 2018 Newsletter
Hello, and an abundant amazing August to you!
Are you here now?
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Today's issue is about being present, or not.
You've heard it before. The past is history, the future is a mystery -- all
you've really got is the present! So why do we spend so much
time and attention regretting a past we can't change, or
worrying about a future that may never come?
We can't re-live the past, to make what feel like better choices this
time. We can learn from our mistakes, and do better the next time a
similar situation presents itself. We can apologize or make amends if
we hurt someone else, then put the event firmly behind us, so we
have all our energy with us now. Living in the past, with what-ifs
and I-should-haves filling our awareness, is not being fully here.
Having been in Corporate America for many years myself, I sympathize
with the man running as fast as he can around the hamster wheel, yet
going nowhere. I'm guessing he's trying to fix a past problem with the
phone call, frantically searching for the quickest solution, while
knowing he's late to an important meeting, and worrying about that at
the same time. Putting myself in his position gives me an instant
headache! And I wouldn't be surprised if he's starting to have
stress-related health problems.
It's a similar waste of our precious energy to spend too much
time fretting about the future. Mark Twain said "I have been
through many terrible things in my life, some of which actually
happened."! Make plans, yes, and keep your grip on the reins
loose. I've written in the past on how counter-productive it is
The deer who live in the woods behind my home have long been role
models for me of how to be aware, yet remain centered and not nervous.
They aren't focused on the past or future -- they're totally in
The Now. In this photo from last winter, they came close to the
house to graze on the bit of exposed grass there, since all the
other plants were buried under more than a foot of snow. I'm willing
to bet not one is thinking "Oh no! Where will we get food tomorrow? What
if it snows again?".
Even though the deer are prey animals, they have an innate understanding
that they are safe, or can move to an area of safety if needed. What's
the point of worrying about it? I haven't always felt safe, and know
now how to identify that uneasiness for what it is, then correct it so
I can be present, to give my best to the situation facing me. This
could be a conversation, or an email I'm writing, or time alone appreciating
Nature, or a weight workout. What is keeping you from being fully present?
Can you practice being completely in the moment a few times today? You might
find you really like it, and that you feel more alive.
To read about being present as it relates to vision,
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Enjoy the start of your August.
I'll write again in a couple of weeks. Take care!