“Be Here Now” ~ Ram Das
Words to live by. I often use this phrase to shift my focus back to the present moment, instead of ruminating about some past event or anticipating a future one. Some refer to it as “Monkey Mind,” with thoughts jumping all through one’s head instead of completely being present with what is in front of one. Mental suffering often accompanies living in the past or future, as we agonize over a ‘has-been’ or worry about something that may never even happen.
I find that by focusing on the present moment, time actually seems to expand, even slow down. I more fully enjoy my task or surroundings the more attention I give to it. I will remember it better as well.
Summer seems to be fleeing fast and the best way I know how to keep it, is to focus fully on the glory that surrounds me. The slant of light coming through the trees, the warmth of the sun on my skin, the light breeze and soft air, redolent with the odors of earth and growing things.
The sound of water bubbling in the fountain outside my door, flowing over shallows at the river or splashing down our waterfall. And always, there are birds calling from somewhere, be it in the bushes or the zip of swallows across the sky, twittering as the dart to and fro after bugs that are invisible to my eye.
We never know how many more moments we have, nothing is guaranteed, except this one moment that is a gift to do with as we please. I encourage you to make it beautiful, breathe deeply and see the many blessings that surround you when you are fully present, being here now.