Today I noticed just how easy it is to not appreciate each and every moment; to instead be so focused on what's gone before and what's coming next that so much is overlooked, ignored and filtered out.
Sometimes it feels like value is only placed on certain things. So if you accomplish certain things in your day or earn a certain amount of money then that merits appreciation, value and worth. But if you can see little tangible results or achievements in your day then how easy is it for your attention to wander away from the present moment? And by doing so we miss what is right before our eyes; we simply don't see it, dismiss it as unimportant. We narrow our perception and close off.
I was aware today of how what we place our attention on dictates how our life unfolds. Many of you, like me, are probably very familiar with the law of attraction or how what we focus on is what we get. But in our everyday lives familiar patterns and habits so easily take over. Being mindful and aware requires mindfulness and awareness!! :) It is something we have to be truly conscious of and bring our full intention and presence to. If we don't consciously
take control of our thoughts, reactions, actions then we're not creating our life; we're allowing it to create us.
Appreciating each and every moment ensures that we're fully present, fully aware and mindful of everything that is occurring in and around us. It means acknowledging what is happening, moment to moment, and pausing long enough for that to happen, without rushing off to focus on some task we need to do or allowing our thoughts to run away with us about something that happened yesterday or hasn't yet come about.
Appreciating each and every moment means that we don't judge or label experiences as good or bad or place conditions on things but we allow things to unfold just as they are. By doing so, our hearts can soften and open; and we are more able to flow along with life instead of experiencing resistance and suffering.
"In the hope of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet." - Albert Schweitzer