Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on Twitter0Pin on Pinterest0Share on LinkedIn0Share on Tumblr0Share on Google+0Email this to someone

I take great pride in being a planner. I plan each month, each week and each day on a continual basis. It makes me feel empowered and reduces anxiety and stress. However, I also know the importance of the present moment, the importance of now. I relish being organized and on top of my life, knowing what I need to do at work and at home on a daily basis, but I also enjoy being present and embracing the moment that I have right this minute, right now.

Several years ago I read Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. It was a few years after reading The Seat of the Soul as I wanted to read some type of follow up to that book and felt that this was the one. Part of the title says “A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” which for some people it is or could be. For me I learned two things from the book. One, understanding that the past doesn’t necessarily define me and as much as I think about and plan for the future, I can’t worry about it too much, because none of us can predict what will truly happen. Two, learning how to live more consciously in the present moment.

As I reflect on that book today, I find myself living and experiencing the present moment more and more. What I mean by that is, in and around my day to day, which can get pretty hectic, I take moments that help me to appreciate who I am, my life and the world around me. Here are some of the things I do:

Take a Walk

Everyday I walk to and from work and I also have to walk my wonderful dog Asia. Most of that walking is not embracing the present moment, because I’m rushing to get to work or to get home or to quickly walk Asia, because I have other stuff to do. Sometimes when I walk Asia I multitask by calling friends or family to catch up with them, that doesn’t count either. What I do is, in the middle of my work day, usually after lunch, I take a walk. It’s only for fifteen minutes and I don’t bring my cell phone. I don’t think about work and what I have to do, I don’t think about what I have to do after work, I just take a walk observing and appreciating everything around me. It might be a beautiful sunny day, so that’s what I focus on and appreciate the beauty in that. There may be a mom and her child sitting and playing, so I appreciate the beauty in that. It might be a bird flying by, so I appreciate the beauty in that. Whatever it is, it has nothing to do with the day to day humdrum, it’s usually things that we never take the time to appreciate, because we’re chasing after the busyness of life.

There are of course moments when I take Asia for a walk and I can get into that same place and enjoy my time with her and shut off from the world around me. I make sure that if that’s what I’m going to do, then I leave my cell phone at home.

Try it some time, take a break from work and take a fifteen minute walk for yourself to embrace the present moment. You will return to work feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to continue the day. There really isn’t ever anything at work that is so pressing that you can’t have that moment for yourself.

Do Yoga

I devoted a whole post to yoga and why I felt everyone needed to incorporate into their life. Now I want to share with you why doing yoga is embracing the now.

I have been an avid workout person for years and years. I have had countless gym memberships, I’ve done all sorts of classes, but I finally brought yoga into my life and it’s one of the best things I did for myself last year.

When you do yoga you have no choice but to turn off from the world around you. You are forced to experience that present moment. Funny enough, it’s actually very difficult because I think our minds are always racing with all kinds of thoughts, so to be in that present moment for one hour is quite the challenge, but necessary to do. I think those final moments of the class when you’re in the Shavasana position are the hardest. The room for the most part is quiet, although some classes have soft music playing, but you are lying down and you are not focusing anymore on getting into downward dog or warrior one, you are now truly in the present moment, so embrace it for those few minutes.

If you are not interested in doing yoga for exercise, do it for the amazing opportunity to do nothing but take some time for yourself and put the world on pause for one hour, your mind will thank you.


If you think yoga is difficult, try meditating. Who among any of us can take ten minutes and sit some where quietly. If you live alone it’s probably easier, but if you have a husband, a wife, a dog, children, even roommates, it’s nearly impossible.

After reading all the benefits of meditation and to be honest, friends who had trouble getting pregnant using meditation to help them conceive (which worked!), I finally started to do it. I usually meditate two to three times a week right before I go to bed. As it’s not exactly quiet in my house, I do guided meditation with different Youtube videos, using earphones. I sit on my bed cross-legged, put on my ear phones, close my eyes and play the video. It is so relaxing and a great way to prepare my body for sleep.

Eventually I would like to try true meditation in a quiet setting, but for now this works. Ten to fifteen minutes before bed is nothing! Instead of mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, meditate. Instead of worrying about the next day, meditate. If you’re an avid reader like me, read first for a good thirty minutes and then meditate for ten.

The next time you’re running around living another hectic day, ask yourself if you’ve taken a moment to embrace now. If you haven’t, do it and try to remember to do it everyday.

8 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life – Huffington Post

The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk – New York Times

117 Responses


    omg I just woke up. sorry I lost consciousness; what did you just say?just kidding :-/I’m thinking of setting up my camcorder in a hidden part of the livingroom so that I can later watch myself communicate with others. Then I might see if I’m conveying a lot more than the information I intend to convey. I might learn something about myself I never knew otherwise.VA:F [1.9.13_1145]please wait…VA:F [1.9.13_1145](from 0 votes)


    Dan, she is a repugnant human being to be sure. But is insulting her physical appearance really material to the situation? I don’t know why people think that it’s somehow alright to denigrate women for their appearance when they should be focusing on their ideas instead. I don’t see many people doing this to hated male figures, and even if they did it would be totally irrelevant and shallow.


    Hi from the sunny Bahamas!…..Thanks for stopping by “Unwalled” and liking my post re: “My Moment of Solitude”. Nova Scotia is a nice place; I spent two years at Acadia Universtiy in Wolfville and enjoyed my time there, especially spring and summer. I loved the freshly fallen snow in winter but the temps were a bit too cold for a sunshine island girl like me….:)…..all the best with your blog!……..Kim

  4. kreditanfrage gebühr

    A person necessarily help to make significantly posts I might state. That is the very first time I frequented your web page and to this point? I surprised with the analysis you made to make this actual put up extraordinary. Great activity!

  5. faustpfandkredit

    I love this article. I also believe solutions are always more than difficulties. Solving those hard problems is one responsibility of our lives. Hence, don’t run away, just face and overcome it, and then smile to your life, like this ^____^

  6. best car insurance in the us

    My developer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on various websites for about a year and am worried about switching to another platform. I have heard excellent things about Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts into it? Any help would be really appreciated!

  7. raten kredit guenstig reisen

    My son has had trouble going to the bathroom ever since he was a baby. When we started to potty train him at 2 1/2 years, he would try to go but it would take days (literally) for him to go poo, and it would be so painful for him. A friend recommended these, and they have been a total blessing!! Now he can go regularly with no pain. He calls them his “Belly Meds”. We have only purchased the Cherry flavor, and the Vitamin Shoppe always has them in stock (less than $7.00 for 30) and refrigerated.


    I enjoy you because of every one of your effort on this web page. My daughter delights in carrying out investigations and it is simple to grasp why. Many of us notice all regarding the dynamic mode you present rewarding solutions by means of the web blog and even improve response from other people on this concept and our princess is truly discovering a whole lot. Have fun with the remaining portion of the year. You’re the one conducting a great job.

  9. bank kredit usaha

    I used to love you Cassey, but i cant do this workout! im only 13 and 1. dont own heels and 2. am soooo not running the risk of my dad walking in on me doing this. its just too much… maybe ill go do an earlier video. i used to be a fan, but maybe i should get a workout dvd or something 🙁

  10. kredite umfinanzieren

    ……Hold on Anon, of course we feel for the Parents, but they made a stupid call, just like a parent who buys their kids a keg and the kids go kill themselves drink driving. What I am particularly critical of though is the mindset that Prison is easy which is sold by the conservative voices in this country – and Liam’s death is proof of that. Making that point is hardly fascist or hypercritical, I wonder if your animosity is because you were one of those conservative voices.


    Names are definitely important. I think a name needs to fit the character, whether it’s unusual, difficult to pronounce, simple, or meaningful, it just needs to feel right. I like unusual names and have never found myself tripped up by the tough ones that seem to crop up so frequently in sci-fi and fantasy. For me the names add an element of other-worldliness to the story. I can’t wait to read your work Vaughn. You’ve put so much time and thought into every detail. It’s going to be amazing.


    You HAVE to point me in the direction of the giant ric-rac shop!! Turquoise and red is my most very very favourite combination – yummy!As for the camera – oh dear :(My Minx put liquid soap in the toothpaste last night and I have to say she did a most convincing job of denying her part in it…..until I beat it out of her with a big stick…..xxxx

  13. viagra sales

    Nem mais e está tudo dito…Retirado de JS.Os centros de emprego, não passam de uma farsa inoperante para se dar trabalho a "tachistas", que não são úteis ao Estado.

  14. buy cialis on line

    Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! “To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.” by Oliver Wendell Holmes.

  15. generic viagra

    I try to get in the bad with the good. I don’t find a blog interesting unless they can admit they have losing sessions. Bad runs are part of it. I have gotten knocked around on FT lately as well and suddenly have a fifth of what I used to have. Somehow I don’t think a trip to the Indian Casino is the answer, but it could be. Hope it turns around for you. You surely have the skills to win. Hope to see you in Vegas in June as well.

  16. cialis online sales

    Poignant and thought-provoking post, Michelle. I can relate about your mother; I was a basket case during the part of the experience you describe, but somehow I knew exactly what to do when it came time to receive visitors without giving it any conscious thought. Now you’ll have me thinking back to what book prepared me for that experience! My mother was a voracious reader; she would have loved your thoughts on this subject.

  17. viagra

    Wow..I am amazed at how great strip tease wax is! is far far (so much) better than the hot wax i used before. Besides, Ms. Hilda’s being warm, accomodating, caring to her customers is a great plus. I’ll recommend this to my friends and relatives. Thank God, i found strip tease.^^

  18. levitra

    Anne, this is amazing! You found the lesson in the rejection- how wonderful to be so in tune as to recognize what was presented to you. It’s often that “a-ha” moment, when the lightbulb goes on above our head, that we truly understand what’s going on. For some reason, that moment is what resonates & teaches us so deeply. Thank you for sharing the ups & downs & ups again of this valuable lesson. XOXOXO Carrie

  19. free auto insurance

    Just because it's made from a tree doesn't mean it's bad. You don't need to chop down a tree to get a log like that. Even the most pristine and healthiest forest, untouched by logging, will have fallen mature trees. Think of how many stupid people cut down their 40+ year old trees because they remodeled the bathroom and want more natural light, or how many short-sighted cities cut down trees planted in the '60s because it's easier than fixing the sidewalk/hydro lines/whatever.

  20. online auto insurance

    if you start a statement with, “I really don’t wanna sound like a total racist asshole,” you’re a fucking total racist asshole.there are scumbags of every race. and yes, as hard as it may be to believe, white dudes father, then abandon their multiple children also.

  21. cheapest auto insurance rates

    Australia has learnt nothing from histry. Dont’ forget “THE STOLEN GENERATION”!!100,000 Aboriginal children were taken forcibly or under duress from their families.Australian Gov’t didn’t see Aboriginals as a civilised race. Many children were used as slave labor or sex slaves. Some were murdered.

  22. car insurance quotes free

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I

  23. gallodoro insurance

    I used to be more than happy to find this web-site.I wanted to thanks for your time for this excellent read!! I undoubtedly enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you blog post.


    , your business is thriving. I hope this stops for you. As someone who has read your blog for a long time (and I mean LONG time…back to when it was on the mac site and when you were first starting photography) I can tell you it’s been an honor to follow along as you have grown from a mom who liked to take pictures to serious hobbyist to artist. You deserve all the good things that come your way. Keep your head up!May 31, 2009 – 10:00 pm


    Gerry, you are chasing your tail.The article you refer to clearly states “石島“ was part of Uldo County. Nobody is denying that.The issue here is the idenity of Seokdo. There is not one shred of evidence that Seokdo refers to “Ulleungdo’s surrounding islands” as you imply. Yet there are historical records that show Ulleungdo residents referred to Dokdo as a “岩島“ or as a Seokdo (Rock Island)

  26. kreditrechner

    Hi, i feel that i noticed you visited my blog thus i came to “return the choose”.I am trying to find issues to enhance my website!I guess its adequate to make use of a few of your ideas!!

  27. günstige kredite vergleich

    Woah this blog can be amazing i’m keen on understanding your posts. Continue to be in the wonderful pictures! You recognize, lots of people are searching all around because of this information and facts, you are able to make this happen drastically.

  28. online kredit

    Hey this was probably one of the most intelligent posts I’ve had the chance to come across on the subject so far. I do not understand where you gather up all of your information but up! I’m gunna send a few individuals to this site to check this out. Amazing, totally awesome. I am have just started getting into writing articles myself, nothing close to your writing potential (ha!) but I would love for you to look over my articles someday!

  29. online kredit

    Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my friend were just preparing to do a little research about this. We grabbed a book from our local library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such wonderful info being shared freely out there..

  30. zinsrechner kredit eigentumswohnung

    profeta do profano escreveu:por exemplo, o arcebispo que excomungou os médicos por causa do aborto, mas não excomungou o estuprador.O arcebispo não excomungou pessoas. Ele apenas comunicou (informou) com antecedência, como que orientando elas, que incorreriam em excomunhão automática prevista pelo Código de Direito Canônico.Não vamos retomar aqui essa “velha” discussão. Ainda mais assim, como o profeta do profano quer, aproveitando erros básicos que já foram combatidos.

  31. kreditvertrag sittenwidrig

    yo el dia 6 de julio del 2012 eran las 10 de la noche y como yo sali tarde y siempre salgo a las 7 yo sali a las 10 pm porque el otro dia era el cumpleaños de mi hijo y mi jefe me dijo no bengas el otro dia pero quedate asta las 10 pm entonces me quede y iba caminando por macdonald y vi al payaso no estaba en la banqueta sino iba caminando para el restaurante a mi me dio mucho miedo xasi me daba un infarto al ver eso al otro dia en la tarde volvi a ese restaurante y el muñeco estaba sentado donde mismo extraño verdad es verdad

  32. ratenkredit umschuldung test online

    Whether WW 1 was necessary is not a point that needs to bring to light. A whole generation of men were effected by that war. Too many men from lands far from Europe fought and died on its shores. It is for them, in remembrance that the poppy is worn. That we never forget their sacrifice for a cause they saw as honorable.Just as I honor 2 of my uncles who fought in WW 1. Both came home alive and unharmed.


    Dear Mike, You are correct, it is disgusting what is happening and Marc and I are currently talking about plans with different communities in Greenland. One concrete action we will take is sending a researcher to Greenland to document the situation in its totality. But the tryst between The BMP, Grondmij, True North Gems and the many other vested interests in the region means we will need to be very focused and factual in our campaign. Mineral Aparthied is the most accurate word to describe what is happening in Greenland at the moment.


    Je donne mon avis en retard mais il est tellement essentiel que bon… Pour le test spécial fille (on s’en fous que les garçons boudinent on leur donnera du pépito et ça ira), ? fond pour la rencontre galaxie-impératoi (en plus j’aime bien les pitch), les coeurs de palmiers en boite, écoute c’est pas trop dég… par contre pas d’avis sur les fans disparus, désoulée !

Leave a Reply