by Ray Reuter on September 6, 2010

Henry David Thoreau said, “Only that day dawns to which we are awake.”  That is what “mindfulness” is all about.  This moment is all we really have to work with.  This moment is the only time that we have in which to live, grow, feel, and change.  One of my favorite sayings is … “in the present moment, there is no stress.”  Think about it.  Realize that nothing else needs to happen for this moment to be complete.  Stress and anxiety come from our focus on the past – what we could have, should have done – or from concerns about the future – what if _____ happens (you fill in the blank), what do I need to get do next (today, tomorrow, this week, etc.).

To find our way, to become “unfettered,” we want to pay more attention to this moment.  If we are not fully present for many of those moments, we may not only miss what is most valuable in our lives but also fail to realize the richness and the depth of our possibilities for growth and transformation.

So where can you practice more “mindfulness” in your life?  With your spouse, children, clients/customers, God, yourself?  Become present in those moments.

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