“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Yesterday, I awoke feeling blissful. Everything just felt right, amazing. I decided I wanted to go on a bike ride. After going to the store and picking out just the right bike, my partner and I took off for parts unknown. Unfortunately, the day was extremely hot, even though the actual temperature was 88 degrees, it felt more like 100 degrees.
Nevertheless, off we went… in the moment, being present. While I couldn’t go as far as I had hoped, I still experienced the presence of the moment and him, my partner. These moments of spontaneity bring me closer and closer to my inner being, that inner voice that screams loudly or in a softly spoken whisper.
These are the kind of reflective days when doing the simplest tasks are openings for a deeper conversation with myself, revealing what has been hidden behind the busyness of most days, without taking good care to be present.
Mundane tasks or activities can be like meditation, sacred practice or epiphanies flowing with higher qualities of attention and intention that can bring me back to the present where peace and serenity lie. These tasks or activities keep me centered, relaxing and flowing into my day.
There’s nothing mind blowing about bike riding or cooking or cleaning or walking, yet, every one of these activities make the rest of my world fall away, as if time suddenly stood still, as I focus on that moment.
There is only that moment.
I’m not thinking about the busyness of today or tomorrow or the long to-do list with a host of projects due and deadlines to meet. I am simply and completely involved with that particular activity, especially when I get to do it with someone very special to me.
My brain is working, but it’s resting at the same time. My body moves to the beat of the moment but still experiences the stillness, the energy of the moment.
Being present is being consciously aware of your inner and outer being in such a way that anything and everything superfluous to the moment falls away. It is being present to what is. No matter what you’re doing or the perceived value of that, you create meaning in every moment if you are mindful and present.
Life, for me, is as the saying goes, “Before enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water."
Carry on and be present.