My Word is NOW

01/06/2014

 “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Recently I’ve been contemplating the word ‘Now’. If my mind wanders during meditation, I bring my awareness back to my breath. Lately, if my mind wanders during the day into future imaginings or recollections of the past, I’ve been gently bringing my attention fully back into this moment. Just this moment. And then this moment. And so on. That’s all there is, and yet it’s not so simple.

As beings of habit, we tend to do what we’ve always done. The act of developing good habits is worth every effort required. And remaining in the NOW is a very good habit.

Some may argue that everything happens in the present moment, and all thoughts of the past or the future are actually happening in the now. But while that logic holds on some level, it doesn’t erase the fact that our life erodes the longer we step out of the present and wander into the future or the past with our thoughts.

This morning I caught myself thinking about someone I saw over the holidays… wondering why I hadn’t heard back after sending a thank you for her gifts… speculating whether or not she liked mine. Then I noticed what I was doing and I changed my mind. It was as easy as bringing my attention to the act of dressing I was doing. Then I looked around and noticed my environment, and gave thanks for it all. I said to myself, “Thank you God for this day” continuing to develop the good habit of remaining present rather than wandering into thoughts that do not serve me.

 Wayne Dyer: “Have you noticed how often we use up the present moments of our lives, the very precious currency of life, consumed with a longing to be someplace else, doing something else? Or we waste present moments feeling guilty about the past or apprehensive about the future. Slipping away from the present happens because we are living our lives with an attitude of depreciation rather than appreciation. We can ease this dilemma by learning to pay attention to what’s going on in the inner world of our thoughts.”

Staying fully awake and aware of only this moment is a habit I intend to keep working on, like a mental muscle I’m developing. It will become more ingrained with practice and there are many benefits. By releasing imaginary meandering into future events that haven’t happened I can be more effective in creating my future by visualizing the best possible outcome. By releasing aimless mental wandering into my past I can more fully move forward while forgiving past hurts or wrongdoings. I intend to be conscious of my thoughts.

It’s about not allowing aimless thoughts to wander without focus and fall into fearful thinking. Thoughts of regret about the past and anxious worries of the future increase our stress and lower our energy. I choose to engage in thoughts that raise my energy. I choose to remain aware of my thoughts. I choose to visualize a positive future and remember what I’ve learned from the past and move forward in confidence. I choose to remain in the now.

38 responses to My Word is NOW

  1. 

    Beautiful post… Now is indeed where it is and where we are.

  2. 

    Herein lies the key to success…being attentive (or mindful) of the present moment. I very much appreciate this excellent insight : )

  3. 

    NOW is a very good word!

  4. 

    Wonderful post, NOW is the only moment we live in, the only moment we Live is NOW… Have a wonderful 2014.. Blessings Sue

    • 

      Thanks kindly Sue, and I am glad to move this priority up to the forefront of my attention – to remain in the Now. Warmest wishes for a wonderful 2014 to you, dear heart. Blessings, Gina

  5. 

    Lovely post. The power of now is so amazing; it’s not easy for me to do, but I’m certainly practicing! Thank you for the inspiration!

    • 

      I’m delighted this could offer you some inspiration! I too am working on it 🙂 and practice definitely helps. Here’s to remaining in the power of Now! Cheers, Gina

      • 

        Eckhart Tolle has made such an impact with his books, “The Power of Now”, and “Practicing the Power of Now”. Gina, your inspiring post has also prodded me to get those books off my bookshelf for a re-read! Ah, the synchronicity that I would see your blog today for the first time. I am so glad to now be following your words. Thank you!

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          I adore synchronicity, and the always-welcome discovery of new friends here in the WP family. I’m also so glad to have found you – a Canadian ex-pat living in the windy city (and we’re not referring to Lethbridge!). And Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now has been recently pulled off my bookshelf too! I’m delighted our paths have crossed and we can now follow each others’ posts. xo Hugs to you! Gina

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            I feel the same way, Gina! Truly, my word for today is, “GRATITUDE”. 🙂
            *LOL* No, not Lethbridge! Hehehe…………To me, synchronicity is a universal nod (I just made that up or it came from somewhere!) that things are unfolding as they should. Hugs to you, too! Cher xo

  6. 

    Thank you lovely Gina for this mindful thought. What a great way to start the day. A healthy breakfast for the mind. Hugs.. Xo K.

    • 

      Oh Kimberly, dear heart, you always brighten my day and bring a happy laugh to my face 😀 . A ‘healthy breakfast for the mind’ is a wonderful turn of phrase and indeed a great way to start our day. xo Hugs, Gina

  7. 

    Yes, my friend…if we’ve learned how to cherish all our “NOW”s, we are already a winner in life.

    NOW = WON!!

    Thank you for sharing this word!!

    YAY!! Cheers~ 😀

    • 

      That’s awesome! Every time we remain present and live in the NOW we are winners! Have I told you lately that you rock?! (Yes I spend time with twenty-somethings, can you tell?) Thank you for brightening my day! 😀 Cheers, Gina

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        You’re welcome, my friend!!

        I rock?? Hmm…not sure about that…but I sure know how to roll over on the floor, together with Mr. Kerby (my foster pup..hehe)…

        Once again, thank you for being so sweet!!

        The essence of youth comes directly from the mind and your soul will always be a youth if you want it to be, my young friend!!

        Cheers!! 😀

  8. 

    Thank you so much for sharing this post’s link on your uplifting blog 🙂

  9. 

    NOW is a great word. You are so right too, about changing our thoughts. No sense in going back over things we have already done or worrying about what may happen in the future. It is best to stay present in the NOW- life is more joyous there! xo Joanne

    • 

      Joanne! Thank you so much. As you may recall it was a wonderful visit at your blog a couple of days ago that inspired me to write this post. I like how you decided upon (or were ‘given’) two words. A great example of doing what works for us. And as you said about having a word (or words) to keep at the back of our mind, “You will be surprised how it will keep you motivated!” I’m discovering that already! It’s always great to visit with you Joanne. xo Gina

      A great post I encourage my readers to visit: http://katherinesdaughter.com/2014/01/01/my-word-of-the-year/

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        Gina- I am grateful that you were inspired to choose your own word Gina. As you well know, it is encouraging for bloggers/writers to know when we inspire someone!
        Thank you for your kind words and it is always great to hear from you!
        Joanne

  10. 
    Sameer Vasta 01/06/2014 at 1:43 pm

    NOW is a perfect word of the year! Mine is “learn” (writing a blog post about it this weekend) and I’m excited to see what comes of it. My word of last year, “trust”, was just perfect: http://itellstories.org/stories/2014/two-zero-one-three

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      Sameer! How wonderful to have a visit from you. I’m excited to catch up with your writing. Thanks for your kind encouragement about my word of the year. Having a word to focus on for a whole year is a new concept for me and I love it! I’ll be heading over to your link to read about your word for last year, and I’m eager to enjoy your upcoming post about this year’s word of “learn”. Thanks for your visit my friend.

  11. 

    Yes Gina, Now is hte great word for 2014 and I also want to live in the now, really live in the now. I got my self a book about mindfulness for this year and I will also read Wayne Dyers book too, which I had for a while. You confirm things in your blog I want to do thank you!

    • 

      Hi Ute, thanks for your great cheer of support! I also have that happen, coming upon posts others are sharing about something that’s been on my mind.. I love it when that happens! Big smiles to you 😀 Cheers, Gina

  12. 

    I am learning to live and cherish the “present”…and it is pretty Hard…:-)..but I am sure I will get there ..
    thanks for this lovely post Gina …:-)

    • 

      Sriram I really appreciate your acknowledging that it is hard, because I think so too. Bringing my attention back to the present is an ongoing task! Thanks so much for your visit. With gratitude, Gina

  13. 

    Fantastic word – not so easy to appreciate the NOW – I am going to give it a try!

  14. 
    Forest So Green 01/07/2014 at 7:58 am

    Your post is filled with inspiration, Annie

  15. 

    Thanks for discussing this topic, there is always so much to be said about it.
    It is true that remaining fully indulged in the NOW is easier said than done…but once we start making progress, it seems to come easier, more “naturally”, as we begin to waste less of our energy on what is out of our control, which is our past , and our future. The only change that happens is NOW, a gradual force that puts us into momentum…in the direction of our choice, with the exception of the one behind us…
    Thanks for this great read 🙂

    • 

      It is wonderful to have you back in the blogging world, and I certainly know about being away from writing while it’s on the ‘back burner’. And then, similar to your point here, we return and soon find we are making progress. I’m enjoying my momentum of writing, and lately my focus is about building the good habit of staying aware of the present moment (more to come). I agree completely with what you wrote here – it does become easier! Thank you for your welcomed visit and this great comment. Namaste. Gina