I have always found it interesting that we as humans study animals. We study them and attribute their behavior to known human behavior. It's a bit silly when you think about it. Animals are so in the moment. They are not planning for their retirement, thinking about what they are going to rustle up for dinner, when they are going to take a nap, what they are going to be doing tomorrow. And yet somehow we think that we can relate their behavior to ours?
Honestly, I think we are a bit clueless when it comes to knowing how animals think or react. And yet we spend a lifetime poking and prodding them and doing cruel things to them in laboratories. Why don't scientists take the time to just observe them and try to intuit what is really going on?
Animals are the perfect example of living in the moment and we could all use a lesson in how to do that. We spend our days living in the past or worrying about the future and give no heed to the present. And let's face it, what we do in this moment determines what our past and future are going to be. So why is it that we are so eager not to be a part of it?
What does it take to just slow down and enjoy what you are doing at this moment? When you are talking with a friend, how often are you waiting for them to finish so that you can say what you want to say? Or interrupt them to say what you want to say? What if you were to just listen with all your attention on what they are saying? What if you were to ask for the grace of understanding to be able to really know what they were saying and not worry about what you want to say? How much more connected would you be to those around you?
One of the great benefits of my work is that it has taught me to be a good listener and to really hear what someone is saying to me and what they are not saying to me. In order to know how to help them, I have to know what they are needing help with, and that requires me to listen carefully. I need to be present and focused.
I invite you to be present in this moment, and just notice what you notice around you. Notice what you see, hear, smell. What are you thinking about? How can you pull yourself and keep yourself in the present moment so that you can savor and enjoy it rather than waste it on thinking about what hasn't even happened yet, or what has already happened and you have no control over? Imagine how much more of life you can experience when you take the time to be present in order to really experience it. Try to catch yourself during the day and bring your awareness back to the moment. It's surprising how difficult that can be. The more you practice it, the better you will get at it. So practice and find the joy of being in the moment.....................