In the Moment

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be.
Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~ Groucho Marx ~
A wave or irritation came over me this morning.  I was feeling very reactive and emotional.  Random thoughts kept running through my mind, faster than I could grasp them.  I was finding it difficult to think clearly and concentrate.  What brought this on?  Is it because it’s Friday and the end of another month and  I didn’t accomplish all I wanted to do?
We are all human, living in a busy world filled with frustration, chaos, turmoil, agitation, schedules, deadlines, obligations, and overwhelm.
STOP!
Frustrations are only a moment away.  But so is a conscious, calm moment, I reminded myself.  Allowing my mind to get carried away with the fears and frustration is easy.  We humans are conditioned to be that way.  It’s something that I have done all my life.   It’s like a race to see which thought will cross the finish line first.
While those random negative thoughts come easy, for me,  it takes a conscious effort to exist in the moment.  Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the negative thoughts that fluctuate back and forth.  It really does take a lot of energy to make a conscious effort to exist in the moment.
What I experience in one moment will differ from what I experience in the next moment.  Being conscious of my thoughts should be easier than just letting my mind run crazy but sometimes it never shuts up.
Realizing that, I had to step back and take a deep breath.  Stop and smell the roses, so to speak.   So, I focused on the rise and fall of my breath, allowing myself to focus on the source of my emotional turmoil.
We don’t think about our breathing very much.  It’s natural to not think about it.  But when I do think about it, it helps me feel a sense of calm, relax more and from there, think more clearly about trying to identify the source of my emotions.
Breathing in and out, consciously, helps those thoughts to pass in and out of my mind and bring on more clarity.  It’s like throwing the anchor out into uncharted waters.  Time to check the compass and charts.  It’s allowing those thoughts to flow through my mind, stopping for a moment, getting my balance.  Then my mind becomes more fluid, and with ease I can move forward.
Letting go isn’t easy sometimes, but being in control of my thoughts sure feels better.
Today I will experience my emotions as they come in and out of my mind with conscious awareness.
Today I will lighten the load of emotional burdens by tuning into my breath, staying calm and aware of my thought in this moment.
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be.
Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”
How do you create a mindful moment?
How many of them do you experience during the day?
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5 responses to “In the Moment

  1. I hadn’t realised how profound Groucho Marx was. I did enjoy his odd sense of humour, gleaned from life of course. I probably shouldn’t say this, but, I no longer worry about things, and take each day as it comes.

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  2. Janina … I agree with you. I didn’t know Groucho could be that serious. He was a man ahead of his time. I am glad it resonated with you and that you take one day at a time …. staying in the moment.

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