Most people have heard of living in the moment and enjoying that moment as a remedy to worries of yesterday and tomorrow; however, people can do more than that. People can master the moment by deciding how they are going to be before that moment comes. As with any event in our lives whether positive or negative, we can decide how to be before an event occurs.
Currently, when people move into any moment, it is rare that they predetermine their states of being. They wait to see what the moment contains and provides. Then they respond or react by being something: sad, happy, angry, delighted, disappointed, or elated. Suppose they considered how they were going to be when they moved into that moment. For example, suppose they decide to be loving or compassionate, no matter how that moment showed up. Is it possible that it would make any difference in the way people experience that moment? Of course it would!
It is when you decide how you are going to show up before the moment shows up that you have begun to move in to mastery. You have learned to master the moment, and that is the beginning of mastery of living. When you decide ahead of time that your inner state of being is going to be peaceful, loving, compassionate, kind, sharing and forgiving, no matter what, then the outer world loses its power over you.
In the New Testament of the Holy Bible, in Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapter 12, verses 9 – 14, apostle Paul said, “Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality. Bless those who persecute [you], bless and do not curse them.” Anticipate one another in showing honor. Anticipating the moment and showing up in love honors God and it honors humanity. After all, you are a human, being.
- Live as if… (akissofbliss.wordpress.com)
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Ed Strachar presents this in some of his lectures. One I heard he asks a swimmer in practice what his record was for the 100 meter (i think) and he tell him 24.5 seconds. So he asks the swimmer what will you swim today in practice? 26.5 he says. So Ed asks him, when you leap from the pedestal I want you to imagine there is a shark right behind you trying to make you his meal. So the swimmer agrees, and … he swims 25 seconds flat, not a new record, but the best practice he ever had. Chance favors the prepared mind …
I didn’t know about the swimmer story; but, I have heard the expression “chance favors the prepared mind (Louis Pasteur).” I find it to be true over and over again.
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LOL! This post is priceless, Dr. Angi. Gives new meaning to the Girl Scout motto, “Be prepared.” I don’t know the swimmer story either, and I do know that preparing in the heart and mind, making a choice about how I want to feel, what I am capable of, ahead of time is far more effective than reacting. Some times it takes practice to break an old habit, an ingrained or habitual reaction. Yet when I remind myself that I want to feel good about a situation, a circumstance, a person, if I pay attention to what my reaction could be, notice how I might have re-acted in a previous similar event and found it less than positive, I can re-write the script, instantly, chose again, and go there.
Noticing, re-choosing… we can rewrite our scripts and choose different outcomes, moment by moment.
How will I be today? Gracious, happy, kind, compassionate, loving… Thank you, for the reminder.
xoxo 🙂 Star Bear
Thank you for such an awesome comment, Star Bear. It does indeed take practice to remind ourselves how to seize the day and simply to be. I needed to write this post as a reminder to me; it helped me to sit with it for a duration as I took these words into my heart.
Somehow, it is easier to be gracious, happy kind, compassionate, loving, and other positive ways when the sun is shining so brightly as it is today! Happy Thursday!!! xoxox Angi
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