Return to the Moment

Sometimes when I’m in need, I bring back the memory of a particular beach I used to walk on during my winter trips south. I visited the same area many times over the years and developed a sense of belonging most particularly to the beach I walked each morning.

I remember clearly the sensation of my first step down from the concrete onto the cool welcoming softness of the morning sand. I recall the long stretch of compact sand along the ocean when the tide was out, the excitement of discovering a shell, the refreshing breeze on my face, the gradual build of warmth as I walked in the direction of the morning sun.

But most of all, I remember the moment when I’d reach the end of the beach where I’d stand and take several conscious breaths encouraging myself to take in the moment absolutely and completely.

Occasionally I’d sense that I’d broken my pose too soon and I’d will myself back to my breath, eyes closed for more moments of silent appreciation. In doing this I’d feel nourishment fill me from head to toe and sometimes I’d receive what felt like a hidden message awaiting me because of my willingness to be there completely in the gratitude of the moment.

Are there moments when you know you’ve broken the appreciation of a special moment too soon? Moments when you know there is more for you there? Moments when you know you’d benefit from more wonder in the watching of the moving clouds, more awe in the newly opening rose, more refreshment in the cool water on your feet, more love in the gaze of another?

Give yourself another chance. Return to your breath to deepen your experience of a nourishing moment.

In savouring these moments you’ll find a sense of wholeness within yourself and in the world around you and you’ll cultivate the sense of a life well lived.

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