Hello My Loves,
I see it is time to expand and reach your eyes.
My question to you is, are you Being Here Now?
This is a concept I’ve learned from my early studies of Zen Buddhism (my first spiritual love).
It’s the practice of being in the present moment in order to maintain a state of meditation and awareness. This is how we can find satisfaction and glory in the Here & Now.
This concept was brought back to my life path once again years later by my first Guru, Ram Dass.
He is the ultimate spokesperson on Being Here Now. I think he might have even patented it.
My reason for telling you this is that Being Here Now has not only to do with maintaining that sense of self-awareness we all aim for when walking this path, but also that sense of beauty and wonder in every moment that passes.
Let me explain it a little better:
There is only this moment.
The past does not exist anymore, it is only a memory in our minds that we tend to relive.
The future has not happened yet, it is only a concept we construct in our own minds.
Both the past and future are things we tend to dwell on, even becoming depressed from what has happened or anxious about what may happen.
The beauty of living in the present is to notice that there is only this moment. And all of those things that ramble on in our head are only our minds chitter-chattering.
When we learn to live in the present and only see this moment for what it is, we can see the beauty and stillness that lies beneath our feet every second of the day.
This is what I like to call God.
For those who leave their hearts in faith’s hands, it is still hard to observe and enjoy God in every moment.
We work, study, cook, clean, pay our taxes, and a bunch of other stuff that just throws us off from the present moment sometimes.
When we become anxious about something that may or may not happen, we are not allowing faith into our hearts. We are trying to control every aspect of our lives when sometimes we just need to take a step back and leave it in faith’s hands.
This is falling back onto the path of light. The path of accepting the present as it is, seeing the future as not yet to come, and the past that already has.
When we spend our time looking forward or back, we are missing the present. As the present passes and becomes the past, we’ll realize we were never really there to begin with! We spent the present thinking of the past or future, that our future just becomes a past memory filled with even more past memories!
When we learn to live in the present moment we can accept things the way they are. We can learn to see divinity and God in all things. The wind, the sun rays, the falling leaves. We can hear the whisper of fate pass by our ears leading our gaze to a beautiful inspiration.
There is so much wonder and magic in this present moment that it is hard to ignore once you get a hold of it.
So how should you practice Being Here Now?
Sit with yourself. Some place quiet with no distractions.
Tap into all of your physical senses. What do you see around you? What can you hear? Smell?
Feel the way you sit in your chair and how your muscles may loosen as you settle in.
Listen to your breath move in and out of your lungs as they always have without you even realizing it.
This is Being Here Now.
Taking notice of everything your mind takes for granted. Being appreciative of the things we overlook.
Being Here Now.
If you’d like to learn more about this concept from Ram Dass, here is a link on his foundations website that highlights all of his teachings with the concept of Being Here Now.
Until then, I’d like to re-welcome you to TheWritingsofNatalia.
I post blog posts every Monday on personal journeys and inspirations I feel to share as well as the occasional photography collections in the Gallery.
I host a podcast called ThirdEyeCyphs every Friday where I talk about many different spiritual and philosophical practices as well as personal experiences, conspiracy theories, and anything else that fits the feed.
You don’t want to miss it!
I hope you’ll stay.
I know you will.
So for now,
I will see you, seeing me.
Being you. Being me.
Being Here Now.