Friday, July 13, 2007

The Power of Now

This book by Eckhart Tolle, I read a few years ago. Actually someone at a dinner party recommended it. She had been in a serious car accident and this book had helped her get through a difficult time. I am one that does not go out and buy any book unless the name keeps showing up in different places. I saw the title of this book again somewhere else shortly afterwards and decided I was meant to read it.

In a nutshell, suffering is a product of being in the past and the future. In any given moment, if you are fully present, it is impossible to have a problem.

I am one of those people who live in my head a lot . I think it is the curse of a multi-tasker. I also handle my problems the same way. I think, worry and try to deal with all of them at the same time. It doesn't work very well plus it gets a bit overwhelming and tiring to boot.

Lilacs blooming in my backyard during spring

I was outside in the garden the other day and realized that I had not noticed all the flowers that were in bloom. It was very pretty. I walked thru the garden and looked back at the house surrounded by more flowers of every shape and color. It again struck me how beautiful it all was. I get the same experience when I am watching the cats or the dogs play. It's a wonderful feeling. I was in the present and problems really don't exist when you are there. I wondered how many of these snapshots in life am I missing because I am too caught up in my own thoughts?

These little glimpses of being present have taught me that there is great joy even in the midst of pain and suffering.


BetteJo said...

Literally stopping to smell the roses .. SO nice if you can do it!

Dapoppins said...

Thank you for visiting my blog...
Your art is really beautiful, if you live in your head with all that beautiful art, how can that be bad?

Okay, enough smarty'poppins. I know what you mean and it is good to look around and wake up. Even if I'd rather be alseep.

The Family Jewels said...

This is beautiful. I hope you are finding time in your days to make your beautiful art. My kids keep discovering new blooms and dragging me out into the heat to see them. Have fun enjoying your life and the lives around you!


palette48 said...

I am taking time to relax a little and paint. Now that my son is stable although not out of the woods, things are a lot better. Still waiting to get into Children's. Tests are coming back normal which I is a good sign. Doing art is a great relaxer as well as "smelling the roses too"

Thanks bette jo and tonia

palette48 said...


Thanks so much for the compliment and for dropping by to read my blog.

I really appreciate it!