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Allow Life To Unfold January 23, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Mickey-Ta-DaaaI am happiest when I try to enjoy each moment as it gently unfolds into the next without worrying about what lies ahead or rushing to reach some desired future destination.

Even if NOW is not exactly as I want it to be.

Aah . . . that’s better!

“Life is the art of Drawing . . . without an eraser.” – John W. Gardener

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1. Val Boyko - January 23, 2017

I love that quote! May your day flow with ease Nancy πŸ’›

nrhatch - January 23, 2017

Yes . . . let’s flow!

Val Boyko - January 23, 2017

I’m paddling up here…. windy and rainy πŸ˜‰

nrhatch - January 23, 2017

That was us yesterday. Still windy and we did have some rain this afternoon . . . but the sun is out now. Yay!

2. Ally Bean - January 23, 2017

I like the idea of things unfolding naturally right in front of me. Well, in the figurative sense. Not so keen on folded laundry unfolding right in front of me, but overall, in the spiritual sense, I like this concept. πŸ˜‰

nrhatch - January 23, 2017

Ha! I think laundry only unfolds itself when Mickey is mucking about with magic spells in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

We can “get ahead of ourselves” . . . returning to THIS moment provides additional space for us to work our magic.

Ally Bean - January 23, 2017

So true.

3. Under the Oaks - January 23, 2017

Always working on allowing life to unfold… πŸ™‚

nrhatch - January 23, 2017

We lessen our anxiety when we don’t try to drive past our headlights . . . just taking things a step at a time.

4. Jill Weatherholt - January 23, 2017

What a great quote!

nrhatch - January 23, 2017

When I started writing this post, I titled it: “A Great Quote.” πŸ˜€

5. Morgan - January 23, 2017

Perfection lies not in how we expected life to be but in how we choose to live it and be πŸ˜‰

nrhatch - January 23, 2017

Here’s to playing the cards we’re dealt.

Morgan - January 23, 2017

And thanks for the Inspiration!

6. Tippy Gnu - January 23, 2017

Living in the moment is fine. But what happens when you don’t plan for the future, and suddenly your house of cards collapses all around you?

nrhatch - January 23, 2017

Living “in” the moment is different than living only “for” the moment . . .

When we’re “in” the moment, we do what needs doing NOW . . . studying for tomorrow’s test, working on a project that is due, fixing a healthy dinner, etc. We just don’t waste energy worrying about an unseen future or dwelling on the past.

When we’re living only “for” the moment, we disregard what needs doing now . . . like the grasshopper (vs. the ant), we eat too much, sleep too little, play too much, etc.

This explains further the distinction:
https://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/life-a-balancing-act/

Tippy Gnu - January 23, 2017

Okay, as obtuse as I am, I think I understand the distinction. Thanks for clarifying that. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - January 23, 2017

By George, I think he’s got it!

7. livelytwist - January 23, 2017

β€œLife is the art of Drawing . . . without an eraser.”
Interesting comment. I instinctively want to disagree, but I will ponder over it in the days to come.

nrhatch - January 23, 2017

If you figure out a way to (1) erase what has already transpired and (2) get a “do over” . . . please speak up! That would be a handy dandy trick to have up my sleeve.

The best I’ve been able to do is to make amends, atone for sins, and learn from my mistakes.

8. L. Marie - January 23, 2017

A profound thought. Living in the now definitely takes practice.

nrhatch - January 23, 2017

Yup. We have to keep coming back to the task, but it is so worth it! Instead of missing the moment because we are “lost in thought,” we fully embrace and enjoy the sights, sounds, scents, tastes, and textures around us. Life seems far more vibrant.

9. Debra - January 26, 2017

This isn’t always easy, but the value is undeniable. Maybe now more than ever!

nrhatch - January 27, 2017

Yes! Being impatient with the here and now adds to our suffering.

Learning to go with the flow and allow life to unfold without futile attempts to push the stream pays big dividends.

Patience pays off as we pursue our pursuits.

10. Behind the Story - February 1, 2017

I’ve been doing some breathing exercises for my asthma. Concentrating only on my breath puts me in such a nice meditative mood–no thoughts of past or future, just living in each breath.

nrhatch - February 1, 2017

Following our breath, even for a few minutes, is a great way to get and stay grounded, relaxed, at peace . . . even in the midst of chaos and confusion.

11. Anne Lene @ MinimalistSometimes - February 6, 2017

What a great quote, but often such a hard thing to do. It takes practice, practice, practice!

nrhatch - February 6, 2017

Fortunately, most of the practice can be done sitting down! πŸ˜€

Just sit and allow bubbles of joy to bob to the surface.


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