Remaining Balanced

01/07/2014

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Ann Mortifee ~ “When we become overwhelmed by the events and burdens of our life, we can be sure that we are either projecting into the future or ruminating about the past. If we worry about how far we have to go when climbing a mountain, we will falter. But if we place one foot in front of the other, attending to the step we are taking in the present moment, we will eventually take one more step and find ourselves at the top. Our inner stability is found, not in the future or the past, but in being masters of the present moment. The step to follow will always appear once we have tended to the step we are in the process of taking right now.”

enjoy NOWRecently I was pleasantly surprised to be given a copy of Ann Mortifee’s book In Love With The Mystery. As I wrote in the email subject line happily sent to the friend who gifted me with it, even after I’d thanked and hugged her for it in person, I am In Love With This Book!

It is an amazingly beautiful and very wise book that I won’t begin to review but rather will state that I am cherishing every page… every paragraph… every word.

Today I opened it randomly to the passage above. It resonated with me deeply. The practice of remaining awake and aware of the present moment has strengthened my inner stability. It’s the erroneous habit of projecting and ruminating that pulls me off center. Staying in the now, I support my inner balance.

“It is a mistake to try and look too far ahead.
The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” ~ Winston Churchill

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Wayne Dyer: “There’s an irony to this habit of letting your mind drift to other times and other places. You can only drift off in the now, because now is all you ever get. So drifting off is a way of using up your present moments. You do indeed have a past, but not now! And, yes, you have a future, but not now! You can consume your now with thoughts of ‘then’ and ‘maybe’ but that will keep you from the inner peace you could experience.”

Today I choose to remain reminded of this present moment. Show me God how to live one day at a time. I will do what I can with joy and enthusiasm, and trust You to do what I cannot. Now is my moment.

10 responses to Remaining Balanced

  1. 

    The quote by Ann Mortifee is superb, Gina. Profound wisdom and release for life. Loved your post.

  2. 

    Beautiful post, Gina! And thanks for the recommendation. I will check out Ann Mortifee. It sounds like her book is a great way to begin the New Year!

    • 

      Hi Cathy! I highly recommend her book. SO much wisdom on every page. And it’s put together like an art book, or poetry. Not your typical novel-style, and I find it very easy to read and digest. Hugs to you! xo Gina

  3. 

    Your post came at the perfect time for me, Gina. A combination of deadline-based things crept up on me right after my trip out of state to visit our grandtwins and their parents, and I’d let the tsunami of time demands stress me. Thank you for the reminder. One step at a time. I’m also grateful for the ever-present quote about being a soul at the top of your posts every time I see it. That is one of my favorite messages/affirmations/beliefs.
    Thank you for helping me today and always, my friend.
    Russ

    • 

      Russ as you well know, perhaps the nicest things us bloggers can learn is that we’ve helped another, especially one of our dear friends! I am delighted that this post came at a good time for you, and that you can remember – one foot in front of the other. Also thanks for letting me know that the C.S.Lewis quote is meaningful for you. You have added your bright sunshine to my day! Hugs of gratitude, Gina

  4. 
    Forest So Green 01/08/2014 at 10:06 am

    Thank you for this inspiration, Annie

  5. 

    The present moment is where life is.Wonderful post.Cheers.jalal