In the Moment
It's so easy and so complicated at the same time. I'm talking about living in the moment. Virtually every self-help book (including the Bible), web-site or spritual leader will recommend doing it. I spend a few hours at yoga every week practicing doing it. But it still can be so difficult. Especially when we live in the crazy, fast-pasted, goal-driven, mutli-tasking world in which we do. But I am a believer it's the key to happiness, even if I am far from mastering the practice.
So it was beautifully ironic when about six months ago I set out to enjoy perhaps my favorite ritual of the day...sunset, and was reminded how important it is. I'll be honest. I was feeling a bit blue. I didn't feel like being around anyone. But I was drawn to a spot where I could overhear the guy playing music down the way a bit as I watched the golden orb's descent into the sea. And as I sat, I watched as a young girl came down, plopped down beside him and started singing away with him. I was moved by her lack of inhibition and confidence. It was sweet and made my heart smile at a time I needed it.
Over the following weeks, I would stop at that same spot and watch the people come and go to sing with the guy with the guitar. And I would hear the words to the song most often played. Moment. A song about the very thing we all could likely use some improvement on.
Sunset is the one time of day when I seem to have less of a problem sitting still and absorbing the moment. And because of that I met the music man named Brian Jeffrey Goldfaden, his wife Nikki, their neighbor-11-year-old Holland, Rick, Sue, Bart, Darrell, Bob, and the list goes on. The sunset serenades and jam sessions that happen around that song have opened me up to a new circle of friends, support for a new way of thinking, and reminders to approach not just heartaches or big decisions, but simple little rituals in the day...differently.
Because when we put the cell phone away, disengage from the stresses at the forefront of our minds, and engage with the people and things around us more often, who knows the little joys we can witness and benefit from. A bald eagle in the tree nearby, a child skipping across the crosswalk in front of us (at what moment in our lives do we decide it's no longer appropriate to skip?), or a guy singing a song you don't recognize at sunset. It really is as easy, and as complicated as that to find a little bliss moment to moment.
To see a story I just did on Brian Jeffrey and the power of finding magic in moments, click here.