Letter of Love: Participate relentlessly in the present

“You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert

What does it take to show up fully in your life...to participate relentlessly in the present?

The here and now require a sort of deep comfort for feeling what you feel, letting the past be the past and the future be just that... the future.

We live in a world that is constantly distracting us from the present moment. This is partly self-inflicted, but creates a consistent challenge to remain present. 

It takes an ongoing practice to show up in the here and now. It's not always glamorous and doesn't always feel great, but it's the only chance we have at experiencing being fully alive.

Meditation helps-- just being quiet. Having a teacher, coach, or therapist can help clear the personal stories that you may not be fully aware of. Telling the truth. Dancing helps, movement helps, breathing helps, playing helps, laughing helps, holding hands and being surrounded by nature always helps.

And I am always practicing. 

When I pick my daughter up from school, I take a conscious breath. I see her. I look at her eyes. I look at her posture. I listen. I notice that when she knows I am truly listening and paying attention, her eyes sparkle a bit brighter and she smiles more easily. 

When my thoughts rush in with the "to do" list, I pause, take a breath, and start over.

Look. Listen. Feel. See her. Be here.

I don't want to miss life as it is happening. I practice this in many moments of my day. Our lives are miracles, and there is joy in relentlessly participating in its creation.

How do you participate fully in your life? I would love to hear how.

With love,
Lila