A Gift Of Present

Pink Camilla, photo by Glenda Clemens, 2016

Pink Camilla, photo by Glenda Clemens, 2016

“Be present in all things and
thankful for all things.”
― Maya Angelou

Why is it so hard sometimes to be present? I think we get caught up in our day-to-day lives and as a Stephen King character once said, “We hurry through to get on to the next thing.” In our hurry and sometimes even in our sloth, many of us tend to go through the motions of living without really living, really experiencing, really tasting this thing called life.

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have.
Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”
― Eckhart TolleThe Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

I go through the seasons looking forward to the next season and the next thing to do. I get through winters trusting that Spring will come and that is something to delight in. It’s springtime in our yard and the first flowers that bloom in our yard are the Camillas. Pink is my favorite color and when these beauties come out they awaken me to the world around me. It is even supposed to get up to 80 degrees today! I usually don’t expect 80 degree weather here until the end of June. What welcome things are the sun, the breeze, the lightness and the Camillas!

“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne

Living in today, the present isn’t always easy for me. It is probably the same for many of you. Winter is a tough time for many of us. I spend my winters hibernating. I read and write and bake and work with my yarn but seldom want to leave the house for any reason. These are solitary activities and they are ones that help me center myself back into peace within. By the time the Camillas bloom, these solitary activities have pulled me inward a little too much and there is a cast of unease and even depression. So today, for me, is the first day of Spring.

“The only way to survive eternity is
to be able to appreciate each moment.”
― Lauren KateFallen

I feel the urge once again to get up and be with the world, to participate to reach out, to share my beautiful pink flowers with you. It is a new moon today and being the Aries new moon there is an urge to creation and re-creation. Tonight I will be with a group of women, our Seattle Kind Women Sister Circle, to welcome the spring in loving and beautiful ways. Now is forever. Now is the time to be present. Fully awake. Fully in my being. Fully being with you.

“Forever is composed of nows.”
― Emily Dickinson

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