We’re often busy looking down the road—anticipating a new job or waiting for retirement. Hoping to buy a new house or sell our current one so we can upgrade or downsize. Waiting for the right person to spend the rest of our lives with, or hoping a loved one lingering with incurable cancer will pass quickly, peacefully to the other side.
Getting caught up in the future jiggles our connection with the gifts of the present moment. And while it’s important to prepare and plan for what’s ahead on life’s journey there’s a simple pleasure that arises when we hold life loosely, letting the future unfold so we can reconnect with the here and now.
Living in the present moment is like putting on a pair of favorite worn jeans. Slowly pulling them on, we savor the brush of soft cotton against our skin, breathe in their fresh fragrant smell sailing toward our nose, and sense the strong protective warmth of denim wrapped around our legs.
Through our senses we can pull ourselves back into the present moment and re-center ourselves by getting back in touch with what our bodies are experiencing.
Closing our eyes and taking a deep breath we become aware of the sounds in and around us. Pausing to identify each, we notice their distinct tone and beauty. The twitter of crickets leg-dancing at dusk, the gentle wheeze of a dog’s snore resting at our feet, the high-pitched laughter of friends and family gathered for a meal.
Our senses are a gift, which bring us back to the present moment.
Rubbing our hands together we feel the energy emanating from them, ponder how many lives our hands have held and caressed, how many times they’ve comforted others, brought gifts or carried the weight of earning daily bread.
Pulling ourselves back to the pleasure of the moment can be as simple as using our senses to braille the beauty placed on our path, and as we do, we connect with the heart of God lifting up our gratitude for all with which we’ve been gifted.
Here. Now. Be.