March 27, 2012

Be Here Now

The photo above was taken during one of the best days that I can remember in recent time. A hike through the woods with my husband and dog. We took the time to slow down and really see one another. 

So much of my life lately has been consumed by what is to come, that I am easily distracted from appreciating what I have now. There are many things that I want... But, what I have now is worth celebrating.

I easily fall prey to the, "Where do I see myself in five years from now?" pitfall. Sure, it is important to plan - but simply existing and being present is invaluable to one's spirit.

One of my favorite scholars on the importance of living in the present is Eckhart Tolle. Specifically, I find the below words of his to be a very powerful reminder:

"If the thought of lack – whether it be money, recognition, or love – has become part of who you think you are, you will always experience lack. Rather than acknowledge the good that is already in your life, all you see is lack.

No matter what you have or get, you won't be happy. You will always be looking for something else that promises greater fulfillment, that promises to make your incomplete sense of self complete and fill that sense of lack you feel within.

 Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” -Eckhart Tolle A New Earth

I hope that this wisdom will implant itself in my stream of consciousness. I want to make a real effort not only to speak or hear this school of thought, but to live it.

Do you have any advice or words of wisdom on how you have been able to live in the now?


  1. This is such a great reminder! Thank you!
    ♥ Kyna

  2. I love the quote! I definitely think it's important to take a few moments and enjoy the moment. It's hard to find the justification to do it, but I believe it's important!

    ps - love the song!

  3. All you have is the now, this very moment.... tomorrow is never guaranteed! Miss you <3 <3

  4. "Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
    Wonderful words to live by.
    Checking out your blog via your comment on my "Shades" post...thanks! You have some wonderful photos on here!

    **and..."over-the-top auntie" I can totally relate! I have a nephew and a niece on the way!

  5. Wow!! LOVE that quote!! Thanks for the reminder. :)

  6. Great quote, a lovely reminder!

  7. Hi Brhea! Thanks for that sweet comment on my blog!
    I'm listening to this song, Be Here Now, and it's so incredibly beautiful. Thanks for sharing it. I'm going to look up some more of his songs! LOVELY!!!!! :D

  8. love that song.
    pretty much love anything he does; that voice!

  9. Beautiful quote & so true! I know myself I need to slow down and enjoy what is right in front of me.

  10. I know you wrote this post as a reminder to yourself but I needed to read these words! It is so easy to get wrapped up in where you are going but hearing encouragement to look around at what you have now is so important! Bookmarking this post and may be rereading it quite a bit :)

  11. So glad you stopped by my blog and lead me to yours! I love what you have done with your house, and hope I can pick up a few photography tips from you along the way.

    I too get way too caught up in the future, plan plan plan. I am really trying to document the here and now so we can keep memories from all aspects of our lives.


  12. That is a very inspirational quote. I love it.

    I'm such a tech nerd, loving all "screens"...but my most favorite times are spent when just my hubs and I are enjoying nature! ♥

  13. I think you're doing a good job of living in the now. We all need reminders to look around and appreciate the moment we're in.

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