Walking Meditation

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Breathing in, I know I am breathing in.

Breathing out, I know I am breathing out.

Breathing in, I dwell in the present moment.

Breathing out, I know this is a wonderful moment.

I spent some time with this meditation this morning, and I realized that I tend to spend my time wayyyyyy outside the present moment.

Which is completely counter-productive, anyway. It is only by dwelling in the present moment that we can attain peace, contentment, happiness, and the energetic basis for manifestation.

Spending time focusing on what I will be doing in the future, or what has happened in the past, traps me outside of the only moment there ever is: right now.

By using this meditation, I was able to return to my center, and it felt…unfamiliar. I am unaccustomed to being centered, and present, because I am trying to accomplish so much in shorter and shorter periods of time.

Really, though, what’s the hurry?

When I try to accomplish anything, whether it’s getting my kids dressed, or cooking food for the family, or working to earn our bread, or traveling from place to place, these things all take as long as they will take.

I tend to do things in speed, in haste, because I want to quickly accomplish my present task and move on to the next. If I move fast enough, the reasoning goes, I will do more, and get farther ahead.

But it is impossible to get ahead of right now.

I’m going to spend more time with this meditation, and pull my consciousness out of the future. Out of the past. Out of the abstract, and into the present. Because now…is all we have.