On Saturday, Bruce and I spent the day decluttering the attic! It gave me an insight into the simple way to live in the moment.

You see, next week our roof is being replaced so we took the opportunity to get on top of the chaos up there!

I enjoyed every moment.

Well nearly every moment.

When I first popped my head through the attic hatch my mind went haywire! The attic was utterly chaotic.

Thoughts came rushing in.

It’s going to take all weekend.
It’s impossible.
We never get it done.

I began to feel really overwhelmed by this seemingly impossible task.

An unpleasant feeling rose up in my body.

My clever, clever body!

There it was again letting me know that my thinking had gone off.

Letting me know that my thoughts were not in the present moment.

Telling me that my head was full of LIES! 🤥

And once I saw that my thinking was not in the moment, it was once more.

Clever, clever psychological system!

No meditation to do.
No mindfulness course to attend.
Just a beautiful awareness provided by the feeling of overwhelm.

You see, it’s easier than you think to live in the moment.

As Eckart Tolle says in his book, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, “The moment you realize you are not present, you are present. Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it. Another factor has come in, something that is not of the mind: the witnessing presence.”

You might be wondering how you realise that you are not living in the moment.

It’s simpler than you think really


Your clever system creates an awful feeling to let you know.

It’s a warning!

Just like the ones on the dashboard on your car!

Once you understand this, navigating through life just gets a whole lot easier and you find yourself in the present moment more of the time without a lot of efforting!

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It's Easier Than You Think to Live in the Present Moment

by Clare Downham - Queen of Calm | The Calmcast