BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, January 11th, 2013 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“Learning to be fully in the present is a skill that requires constant practice, because as you well know, your mind has strong tendencies to migrate both forward and backward. The key to mastering this skill is to regularly remind yourself of the importance of truly focusing on what you are doing or experiencing ‘right now’.
As Dan Millman so eloquently says in his book The Laws of Spirit:

“Embrace this moment, put one foot in front of the other,
and handle what’s in front of you. Because no matter
where your mind may roam, you body always remains
here and now. When in haste, rest in the present.
Take a deep breath, and come back to here and now.”

This, of course, requires some conscious effort on your part, but over time you will get more and more adept at it. To help you develop this skill, I have found that it is a good idea to create a simple reminder phrase such as “am I fully in the present?” and paste it up in conspicuous places within your house (e.g., a bathroom mirror or refrigerator). You can even place one somewhere within your workspace at the office, and on your car dashboard. At first glance this may appear to be a bit silly, but I can assure you from personal experience that it does help to keep you more focused in the ‘now’.”

                  Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”

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