The Magnificent Moment

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.

Federico Fellini

Living unconsciously, sleepwalking through life is something that we have all done on occasion. And who can blame us? The daily grind can push anyone to the point of being disconnected and distracted. Our modern day lives entail awakening to buzzing alarms, rushing to get out the door to drop the kids off, or racing off to work, or both. Life is comprised of getting there, getting the job done, returning home, going through the nightly routine and then getting up and doing it all over again. Sadly living, day in and day out, disconnected from life.

Yet, living each day in a more conscious fashion, living in the power of now as Eckart Tolle presents in his book of the same name, is indeed one of the most brilliant things you can do for yourself in order to improve the quality of your life.
I have put my own personal twist on the concept and call it getting in touch with the magnificent moments of your life. I am not talking about the highest of the highs of winning $10 million dollars, although that would be nice. I am referring to the most simplistic concept of being in the moment—yet acknowledging its magnificence. Doing so may give you a fabulous rush or even just a small reminder as to what life is all about, the reason for living.

Experiencing your own magnificent moments can begin immediately.

At this very moment, as you read this, tune in to the feeling of where you are. Standing or sitting, feel your body and all that it is experiencing. Are you cold? Hot? What is the position of your legs, arms, head and neck? What is your breathing like? Take a nice deep breath in through your nose then exhale slowly. Now, what is around you? What do you smell at this very moment? What can you hear? Taking in all stimuli with your powers of sensory perception, your senses, tuned in and turned on. Take complete notice of the moment. Interesting isn’t it? The sensation of being awake in the moment can help you bring everything into perspective.

The experience of tuning in to the now has such wonderful potential to be extraordinary, even magnificent. Here are a few suggestions for creating your own Magnificent Moments.

Your Top Ten. Make a list of ten things that you love to do. The key question to ask here is “What is it that I do where I lose myself in the experience, where I lose track of time?” Then make a point to do one of them every day.
Snap to Strategy. Buy an egg timer and set it to go off every hour. When it does, take a moment or two and tune in to the moment. Making sure to take a few deep breaths in order to anchor you in that moment in time.
Tweet without Twitter. Find a park bench, sit down and watch the birds. Or feed the ducks. Watch how they flit or move about and interact. Enjoy the experience.
Feel the Vibe. Sit down at your desk, in your car or in a chair at home. Turn on an uplifting piece of music, close your eyes and lose yourself in the music and how it makes you feel.
Shake that Booty. When was the last time you danced? Either go to a club or make your living room your dance floor. Put on some fabulous music and move to it, being aware of each step, each sweep of your arm or swing of your hips.
Fidotherapy. Spend time with your pet or visit someone else who has a pet and connect with the animal. Stroke their fur. Look into their eyes. Listen to a cat purr. Or play fetch with a furry canine. Animals can bring so much joy into our lives and have also been known to have a healing effect upon those that are ill. For example, they have been known to calm down Alzheimer’s patients who are agitated.

What is my favorite thing to do that brings me into the moment? Dancing. Anywhere. In my car. In the grocery store. In my kitchen. Moving to music brings me great joy and directly into the middle of my most fabulous moments indeed.

Love,

Laura