Like many of you this time of year, I have been busy with holiday tasks. Most of it has certainly been wonderful – how blessed we are to be able to spend our time fussing over holiday details in an effort to bring joy to the lives of those we love. Recently though I felt myself getting sucked into that “holiday rush,” feeling like I was running out of time…can you relate? Perhaps you have experienced the same thing. I had to stop and remind myself of what is really important, the only thing that is really real…the here and now. Even without the holidays it is easy to lose sight of this truth. Our smart phones notifying us of phone calls and emails, the multiple errands we run to keep our lives running on schedule, or the work problems running through our minds…all pulling our attention. I certainly can’t claim to be perfectly in the moment all of the time. I catch myself being somewhere else much of the time. I will say though that I have been practicing. When I am in the moment, I feel at peace, relaxed. When I am in the moment with others, I hear them more clearly, feel closer to them.
And so, I would like to suggest that especially during this hectic holiday season, we take a moment to let go of worrying about a date on the calendar, let go of giving presents and getting presents. Instead let us take a moment to Be Present.
May your season be merry and bright, your New Year be filled with joy, and your moment – right now be filled with peace.