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The Importance of Being Awake & Alive in the Moment
The concept of being in
the moment is something that
about before. It is a concept that is a part of many teachings
and has even found its way into mainstream circles as part of a
‘mindfulness’ practice. Everyone (whether intentional or not) has
experienced ‘being in the moment’ to some degree. Those who
intentionally seek this way of being understand that it feels great!
When we are in the moment we feel connected, aligned, supported,
flowing, and blissful.
I don’t want to underestimate the
experience of being in the moment when it occasionally or
intentionally occurs, as it is an accomplishment that signifies
growth in one’s spiritual journey. However, when the moment is over,
what happens? Many return to their habits ways - trying to force
movement, letting worries take over, and filling their mind with
endless negative chatter.
There is a point where each of us
decides to make living in the moment a full-time way of being. Why?
Because magic happens when we transform ourselves to be able to have
this experience, or way of being, throughout the day.
are honest with ourselves, a great portion of each day is lived on
automatic pilot or by operating from habit ways of being and doing
things. Some examples are:
wake up in the morning and make yourself a cup of coffee or tea,
then drink it while you go through a series of tasks that make up
your morning routine.
• You constantly
check your phone for messages or calls. In fact, you do this
constantly no matter who you are with or what you are doing.
• You walk your pet while talking on the phone the entire time.
• You get on the computer every evening from 7-10pm.
• Your mind swirls with worries and doubts through most of the day.
Let’s stop here: You are probably doing these things, or others
like them, automatically or with limited presence of what is going
on in the moment - as you have probably done things like this a
thousand times before.
Why is the important? Operating this
way numbs you from being present to the moment and all that it can
bring to you. You are not alert, aware, or participating with your
senses and all parts of your being. If you were, maybe your inner
voice/knowing might inspire you to do something differently or
prevent you from missing something important! Maybe you would add a
different breakfast, notice that the sunnrise was awesome, really
listen to what someone is saying to you because you put your phone
down, or any number of possibilities.
These are small
examples of automatic habits – but what about big examples?
Subconscious and unconscious habits like living in fear or breaking
abuse cycles can certainly keep us stuck in automatic living.
Whether your habits feel big or small, they keep you numb and
from being able to live in the moment. A common theme with my
clients is struggling with patterns of choosing fear and pain over
peace and joy. Although this seems odd, their habit self is afraid
to leave pain and fear behind, as it is all they know. The known,
even when it is unhealthy, is chosen as it seems safer than the
We all are all made up of four parts:
- Conscious Self – the part of you that you are most aware of
Subconscious Self – your emotional self
- Unconscious Self – your
body’s consciousness, which operates 24X7 as the operating system of
- Superconscious Self – your spiritual self – that
who you really are
Habit ways can take on many forms, from
relatively harmless to affecting your physical health. Habits can be
physical (e.g. sitting down at the same time each day to watch TV),
emotional (e.g. constant worries), or mental (e.g. deeply held
Each time we change one of our habits, we enhance
our well-being and health. Each time we change one of our habits, we
pull ourselves up and find greater peace. Each time we change one of
our habits, we are able to be more fully in the moment with trust
There are even other benefits to being totally
present in each moment! It is from this way of being that you are
able to more easily receive inspiration, discern fully, act on your
present intuition, and send a stranger who needs it - a loving
smile. It is from here that you can live outside of your ego/mental
constructs and gradually move into higher consciousness living.
I hope that you try adjusting some of your patterns or perhaps
doing them entirely differently. It is amazing what little changes
can do for your perspective and attitude. Becoming fully awake to
the living presence of you and what surrounds you in each moment is
a joyful way to be!
I want to suggest the idea of moving
into to something new gradually. It allows you to get comfortable
with whatever is new or different. And, If you ever need support to
be able to enjoy the living presence of you and what surrounds you,
moment by moment - please reach out.
Post Script: In this month of Thanksgiving, I am so grateful
for my spiritual journey and to be able to share with you. I hope
these monthly postings are helpful for you and your life.
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