The Sacred Moment

Sacred - highly valued and important; entitled to reverence and respect.

What could be more sacred than life?  Yet, I'm not sure we give it the respect it deserves, in fact, I know that I do not.  To honor something sacred we should give it our full attention and reverence. 

Life is here in this moment, but how often are we present right here and now?  I am guilty of spending a large portion of my consciousness making plans or worrying about the future.  I know others that dwell on the past.  Life is not tomorrow, nor is it yesterday - it is NOW!   The following quote from Thich Nhat Hanh emphasizes the importance of being in the present moment.

"Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see.  Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity.  The question is whether or not we are in touch with it.  We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment."  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

We have on average around 60,000 thoughts a day, most of them worrisome and negative.  When we focus on now, instead of worrying about the future, our worries fade.  When I slow down enough to be in the present moment, I notice even my breathing is different.  My stress level reduces with every breath and each breath feels is sacred.  As I concentrate on the moment I find that the incessant mental noise in my mind subsides and I am able to experience life as the miracle that it is. 

Please take a moment to notice your breath and experience the miracle of life.

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  1. Good advice, great suggestion . . . take a moment . . .

  2. Sometimes in the rush of life we can forget that we actually live in the here and now.

  3. Taking a deep breath in and exhaling fully right now. Thanks Dan.

  4. Very well put about the balance between planning and living in the moment. Beautifully written, too.

  5. Good reminder--first, yes life most certainly IS a miracle...and, second, it is living in the present moment that makes it such. I know I am all too often guilty of having my head drift away, like a helium balloon...