Over breakfast recently, my husband and I were discussing the weather, one very still day in particular, which was so still there was not even a zephyr of a breeze in the air. I was enjoying my freshly buttered toast and jam and reflecting on my life. These reflections were born from the space of that incredible, unusual stillness, when suddenly, without thinking about it, I blurted out, “The point of my power has to be in the present moment, you know. It can’t be in my past because that’s gone and I can’t change it and it can’t be in my future because that hasn’t happened yet. For me, it is actually now. It is the only moment I have in which to do anything”.
Always one to not take me too seriously, especially so early in the morning, my heart’s delight countered with “That is a bit like looking at the now-ness of now”.
That stopped me. That was such an unexpected response. After I thought about it for a moment, I acknowledged his insight of the essential nature of things. “Yes, that’s right, like the coffee-ness of coffee or the jam-ness of jam.”
I decided to marry this concept of the essential nature of things (the now-ness of now bit) with the power that exists only in the present moment.
Where is the power in the past, or in the future? It does not exist!
Sorry everybody, but there is no getting around it – the essential nature of now is now. Right here, right now.
What does this mean in my daily life, in yours? So much. For a start, it means we are (1) powerful, (2) in control and (3) have choices.
Like a sail that harnesses the air, what is the sail which harnesses power, control, and choice?
It’s our stillness. In stillness, we can slow down and connect to the now and our own intrinsic power. We cannot do that so well if we are running around all over the place being incessantly busy. Yes, our lives are busy, however it is in stillness where we can recoup, settle and find ourselves again, which is finding our power. Then we are more in control and then the option of choice opens up for us.
To me that is what it means to be in the now. This is where our true power lies.
So how does this relate to this topic of creating our own joy stories?
If you can appreciate what having that stillness might achieve for yourself, I think you are on that path. It was only when I started sitting still and being at one with myself that I started to change. For me it started with applying myself to meditate.
You can’t meditate and find stillness while you are baking a cake. It is impossible.
You all know what to do to sit still. It’s simple. Just choose to sit still and you will, and things will start to change, for the better, for you. Promise!
Now for those of you who don’t meditate, you might think of looking up how to meditate on Google. Good for you! Anywhere you can get inspiration is terrific. A class. A book. Go for it!
HOWEVER, HERE IS THE SECRET:- At the end of the day you only need one thing and that is to sit still with yourself. Get comfortable, close your eyes and breathe. Keep your focus on your natural breath. Now you are meditating. Congratulations. When you do this you are in the now and you are in your own power.
How wonderful because you are beginning to create your own joy story.