It’s hard though isn’t it? I’ve been a daily meditator and advocate for mindfulness for years now and yet, and yet… I still often find myself moving mindlessly through my life; dwelling in thoughts, hopes, worries, plans for the future and pre-rehearsed conversations (anyone else do this?), rather than being precisely where I am, doing what I’m doing in that very moment.
A wonderful mantra coined by spiritual teacher, Ram Dass that we can recite when we commence meditating is “Be here now“.
Perhaps we could use this in daily life. When we notice we are distracted, not taking in our surroundings, not really listening to the dear family member right in front of us, whom we profess to love, we could say to ourselves, BE HERE NOW.
Write it bold on a piece of paper and stick it to the fridge.
Be Here Now
Taking a chilly winter swim in a wavy, weedy sea at my favourite beach the other day, I found myself feeling less than thrilled at being in a place I usually revel in. I’d parked my towel, umbrella, shoes and clothes under a stout melaleuca tree on some dry sand. As I dried myself off and enjoyed feeling the sun’s rays for a couple of brief intervals when it broke through the rain clouds, I suddenly found myself looking more closely at this little tree. I actually SAW it properly for the first time, I communicated with it, said hello and thanked it for sheltering me and my stuff. As soon as I did this I noticed the whole tree quiver, grow more vivid in my vision. I felt it acknowledge me in return.
I know, sounds kooky, but this experience felt profound and was a wonderful jolt back into presence, connection with the place I was in and the nature surrounding me. I left the beach with an uplifted heart and a fresh appreciation for our beautiful planet and all her miraculous beings.
Just as in macro photography where we see super-close-ups of tree bark, a leaf or a water droplet on a petal, we can bring this view of the world into our daily lives to enhance our mindfulness and ability to be present.
Simply look more closely:
- Look at your finger tips as you hold a pen
- Look into a child’s eyes when they are speaking to you
- Notice the miracle of water flowing from a tap
- Pause to enjoy the sun streaming through a window in the morning
Is that a good start? I’m sure you can think of a million more. Super-heightened awareness is within our grasp in every moment. We need simply to choose it. It really does feel good to be here now <3