We’re almost halfway through June. Can you believe it? My kids are counting down the days until school ends. In a way it slows life down when you’re anticipating something, but truthfully it always feels like it’s racing by – and racing towards what?
This weekend, I watched a video of Alan Watts talking about the philosophy of life without purpose. At first this idea sounds morbid. Really, life has no purpose? There’s no point? But what he’s actually encouraging is learning to truly be, as we are, in each moment, without there needing to be an outcome. And sure, we’re all striving for something – Enhancing our careers, our relationships, our homes, ourselves. And we can do that. I’m always trying to do or be better. But at the end of the day, this moment, in this moment, is the most precious there is. Because we don’t know what the future will hold. And it’s not about holding on to these moments in fear of there being no tomorrow. It’s about embracing the moment. Grounding in it. Leaning in and being present. Feeling whatever it is.
I invite you to try this exercise. Close your eyes for a minute. Take a deep breath. And tap into what you’re feeling right now. Are you tired? Calm? Happy? Stressed? Does your big toe hurt? Is your heart a-flutter? Are you feeling gratitude? Resentment? Is it noisy where you are? Quiet and serene? Wherever you are, however you feel, lean into the experience. What is it like to be here now? Without worrying about the past or the future. Just right here, right now. Give yourself just a minute or two in this experience. Maybe when you’re finished write down what it was like. Maybe you even start adding this check-in to your daily routine. Take a moment each day to connect with where you’re at and how you are feeling. Explore what it’s like to be you.
If you’d like to go a little deeper, I invite you to sit with last week’s guided meditation. It’s an invitation to ground in the present moment and cultivate your awareness in the here and now.
I hope you have a beautiful week, my friend. Thank you for reading and listening and being you. I think you’re amazing.
Bye for now. ❤️