Most of us are probably quite aware of Eckhart Tolle and “The New Earth,” from when Oprah introduced him to us several years ago. His fundamental wisdom and healing has been a gift, inspiring a new wave of positivity and enrichment throughout our world. It’s been fascinating information for all of us to receive.
I have always been on a soul-searching mission, but especially over these past two years. While my body has been healing and getting stronger, my mind has also become clearer, which has made it much easier for me to connect with my inner-self.
I have always had a strong desire to “be present in the moment;” learning how to get there, however, has not been an easy feat.
As I’m sure you can relate, with a hectic lifestyle there can be so much noise, concern and thought that distracts us from what is taking place in the here and now. While we aren’t consciously permitting that noise and concern into our lives, we are actually and entirely permitting it into our lives. It’s a choice and this has been a very big message for me to ponder. I choose to stop the noise, but how do I do it successfully?
This brings me to a personal experience I’d like to share with you:
I was visiting my Goddaughter one afternoon and it was a beautiful day. She had just woken from her nap and of course I came into the house very excited to see her.
Gift in tow, I knelt down, asked for a hug and waited with my giant arms ready to receive.
Instead of walking into my arms (or caring about the gift I had for her), she took my hand and brought me outside to her backyard. We walked past all of her toys and ventured to the garden area where the birds were chirping and the flowers were growing. I asked her what she wanted to show me and there she stood pointing up at the trees, occasionally saying one of the few words that she knew at the time – “birds.”
What I thought would be a very brief moment together actually turned into 10 minutes of us staying in the same spot watching the birds, butterflies, bees, trees, and flowers. In those 10 minutes, my heart calmed, my body rested and my face was adorned with a perma-smile.
My Goddaughter wasn’t even two at the time and yet already seemed to possess so much wisdom. Nothing else mattered for those moments than being with her and watching everything through her pure and excited eyes. We were mesmerized by the colors of the flowers, the melodic sounds the birds created, and the majestic breeze blowing through our hair. I felt so present in the presence that she provided for me, and it’s a time I always go back to when I lose myself for a minute.
Sometimes the greatest teachers are those who we least expect and the greatest lessons are the ones we never saw coming!
The moral of this story for me is:
Staying connected with who we are, while appreciating the beauty that surrounds us can be really difficult in our ever-changing world.
Therefore, we should take time each day to sit in quiet and relish in the simple yet magnificent wonders; they’re everywhere and it’s our own personal responsibility to absorb and appreciate them. If we do this, it can change our outlook and truly lift our hearts and this is a gift we can silently give to one another without even being consciously aware of it ourselves.
Thank you, M – I love you.