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I spent the last few days on a weekend away with my husband – and no kids!
Even though it was only Friday through Sunday, it still felt like a major replenishing break. There is just something amazing about doing different things than the usual things and it brings a much needed revitalizing energy to life.
We didn’t even do anything majorly spectacular like fly somewhere exotic or go sky diving or something, we drove 2 hours away and went hiking and saw a movie and ate good food and went to bed early.
It was heavenly.
And do you know what I found so cool? I didn’t think about the kids at home with the grandparents. I didn’t think about all the stuff that we would have to take care of once we got home. I didn’t, not even once, think about what was happening anywhere but where we were. I was wholly present. I was ALL there and because I was, it felt like a much longer vacation than a weekend away. It was awesome!
“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.” – Eckhart Tolle
The present moment is ALL you ever have. There is not yesterday, that’s only a memory you cling to in your mind. There is not tomorrow, that is only an anticipation that you broadcast and project. SO … because this is so, embracing the present moment leads to ownership of what IS, which brings an energy of allowance and acceptance.
Something cool happens when you’re fully present … time goes away. It’s almost as if there is a time warp and nothing else matters – there’s only that one moment. Continually just the present.
I can remember living so in the past or in the future that everyday felt like a blur. It went by so quickly because I was not there, I was other places, other times. And the thing about living in that way is you MISS life! Life is always only NOW. Living outside of the moment that does exist steals presence and takes away the beauty that is available every moment.
This weekend, as we hiked 2 1/2 miles up a mountain, I was there. I looked at the forest of trees around me and enjoyed their energy. I felt the breeze and the sometimes sprinkling rain on my face and appreciated it. I walked and hiked and climbed and sometimes talked and sometimes didn’t talk with my husband and I felt like time stood still. I remember as we were sitting at the top of the mountain and looking at the amazing panoramic view, I didn’t even know what time it was or how long it had taken us to get up there, I was just embracing the moment of being there and doing that and being only there and doing only that.
As we hiked back down the mountain I asked my husband what time it was because I felt like we had been there a whole day or something and he told me it had only been a couple hours and I couldn’t believe it! Time had truly stopped for me and I had entered into an alternate reality that existed outside of those few hours. It was amazing.
I don’t have all the answers for life. I am the first person to say that I don’t have it all figured out. I am an empty vessel just experiencing what comes and learning from those experiences. I do know though, that living in the present moment, whatever it is … even if it’s a stinker, brings an energy that is full of potential.
I can be and do and say whatever I choose to now. I don’t have to wait for some future day that I think I’ll be better, be stronger, be lovelier, be something I don’t think I am today, I can BE whatever I want to be TODAY. Without waiting.
When I’m on vacation with husband and it’s just the two of us, I am there. I am fully there. I am not thinking about the kids, I’m not worrying about what’s happening at home, I’m not stressing over the stuff that has to get done next week. I’m just in the moment and I’m loving each minute of it and it’s glorious and wonderful BECAUSE I am only that … the me that is with her best friend having fun. That’s it. I don’t have to be anything else in that moment. I’m not the mom. I’m not the driver. I’m not the bill payer … I’m the fun exciting adventurer!
And this past weekend I felt that. I was that. And it was beautiful and awesome and FUN! I felt like the day lasted forever because I just took what came and loved it and enjoyed it and embraced it. I was SO there, so in that moment that there was truly only THAT moment. And it lifted me up. And it replenished the energy of my soul.
So this day, this new week and the start of this new month, I am excited to be alive. I am happy to be here in this moment. I don’t mind getting all the kids up and ready for school. I’m grateful to be here where I am doing what I’m doing knowing that this is where I am meant to be. Because I’m here, so I have to believe I exist in this spot to be doing exactly this.
And isn’t it fun to OWN your spot? I’m loving it.
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