ya gotta gotta git down to git up
As we consider the arrival of the New Year, we may be tempted to rush ahead with our plans–all the things we hope to do, all the places we intend to go, all the goals we promise ourselves: “This time I will meet it!” We may prefer to linger on the year that has past–mulling over regrets of things undone or done not quite to our liking, reminiscing about how much has changed in a year’s time.
Planning is valuable. Remembering is important. But being present allows us to witness the moments of our lives as they are happening.
If we are able to ground ourselves in what is, we will be better equipped to reach out with our awareness to what could be and what has been. Get acquainted with the breath moving in and out of your body. Be curious about the details your senses take in even when you aren’t giving them your full attention.
This New Year, connect and reconnect with your present experience. Not that of someone else (fictional or real) on your TV, computer, or cell phone screen. But with your experience. However mundane or simple or non-Facebook-post-worthy they may be, these are the moments of your life. Feet or seat planted on the earth. Air in our lungs that is only be breathed now, not back then or sometime in the future.
Get down with it. And then get up and explore the infinite possibilities that the next moment may bring.