“The best time of my life is now” ~ Deepak Chopra
Have you ever had a meeting rescheduled or time blocked out in your calendar to do something and it was canceled? Do you get excited with the “found time?” When this happens, I see it as a gift - because I have a few hours to do whatever I want. I am currently ecstatic because I have the gift of a “found” week. I received a notice for Federal Jury duty several months ago and was on call for the week of October 30th. I blocked out the entire week in my calendar. But, when I called to check on my status, I learned that I was not needed and I now have an entire week with nothing scheduled. So, I am going to relish this gift and find time to be present and do things that nourish my soul and bring me joy. I am going to paint, photograph, read, spend time in nature, meditate more, journal and have more space between activities. What this gift reminds me is that I need make sure that I find time in my daily life to do these things that recharge my batteries and not wait until I receive the gift of "found time."
I also need to reframe how I look at time – it isn’t an enemy and there is no such thing as “found time.” There is only the present moment and I must live in the present moment. Every day I am alive is found time and I must make the most of each day and each moment. I am very pleased that Deepak Chopra and Oprah started a 21-Day Meditation Challenge today on Making Every Moment Matter. It is exactly what I need to help me learn a way to reframe how I look at time. The centering thought for today is the quote I shared above, “The best time of my life is now.” It is a reminder to live in the present moment, not to dwell in the past or worry about the future. I must appreciate every moment and know that it is the best time in my life. I highly recommend the 21-Day challenges, as they are free to listen to during the three weeks of the event. I always learn something from the wisdom of the lessons and they also provide a short meditation to help me come back to the present moment. You can sign up at https://chopracentermeditation.com/
May you discover true happiness in the present moment.
How do you view time?
Do you find happiness in each moment?
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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