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Say Yes to Happiness Newsletter

Stopping – an invitation to be fully present 

In the last few days, summer weather has arrived here in Colorado Springs, and temperatures have finally gotten warm–so this morning found me stopping. Stopping to meditate on a bench under a tree, stopping to watch the ducks swimming up the length of one small pond, getting out and walking around the bushes to swim in the next small pond. Stopping to be fully present.
Have you stopped lately? Maybe the word pausing works better for you. Have you paused lately to simply be? To be slow, to be quiet, to be present?
It’s kind of amazing how calm my mind and body felt in the warmth of the dappled sunlight, on the bench, under the tree branches, with the ducks nearby. 
When we take a space of time that is detached from the to do list, the sense of need or urgency, we are practicing self-care. We are also practicing nourishing the future by being fully in the present moment. 
Consider the words of Thich Nhat Hanh in this writing titled, Taking Care of the Future:
“The future is being made of the present, so the best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. This is logical and clear. Spending a lot of time speculating and worrying about the future is totally useless. We can only take care of our future by taking care of the present moment, because the future is made out of only one substance: the present. Only if you are anchored in the present can you prepare well for the future.”
Stopping, pausing, being fully present on your walk, or as you eat, work, read, talk with people—fills you and your mind with what’s present in that moment. This is mindfulness. Being fully present and practicing being fully present will increase your well-being and your happiness, exponentially! 

For me this morning, stopping and feeling the sun, enjoying the closeness of the ducks, and quieting my sweet mind in meditation, was deeply peaceful. The more peaceful moments we string together, the better the future we create.
Would you like to stop, to take a pause? Are you already practicing meditation and being fully present in the moment? What do you notice when you practice these things? 

I'm wishing you many peaceful moments this summer!



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