Tonight I was cooking dinner and listening to some acoustic feel good music.
I wanted to check my Facebook on my phone, but I didn't.
I wanted to read an article on dailygood.org, but I didn't.
I wanted to take the dog outside really fast, but I didn't.
Why didn't I do any of these things? Because I'm trying really hard to "take care of this moment", and in that moment I was cooking dinner.
Gandhi's 5th rule for change (from Henrik Edberg's article on the positivityblog.com called Gandhi's 10 Rules for Change) beckons us to take care of this moment.
We've all heard the saying that goes something like this:
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present."
The present moment is our concern, but how often do we get distracted or try to do too many things at one time? Hmmm, I'm going with ALL THE TIME!!!
I am getting better at this though and that's because of a 10-minute daily meditation practice, and I do mean practice. Quite honestly, I'm not very good at meditation. My mind wanders all over the place, and I'm constantly reminding myself to "get back to the breath."
Sometimes I don't think I'm getting anywhere with meditation, and then when I stay in the moment like I did making supper tonight, I realize I'm making progress.
When a student talks to me, and I don't do anything else but focus on his/her words, I realize I'm making progress.
When I'm eating lunch with my companions, I'm enjoying conversation rather than thinking about what I need to get done with my afternoon, and that's when I realize I'm making progress.
When I go for a walk or run in the morning and focus in on putting one foot in front of the other instead of running through my plan for the day, that's when I realize I'm making progress.
All we can honestly do is take care of one moment at a time. That's all we should be doing. We are more efficient and productive by working on one task at a time. We connect and build relationships with others by staying in the moment with them.
We are only promised this day, this moment. Spending it needlessly worrying about what happened yesterday or what might happen an hour from now is pointless. Taking care of this moment is our only concern, our only option really. That is, if we're looking for peace in our lives.
And that my friends...that sounds pretty amazing to me.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.