“I can’t focus.” … “I don’t understand.” … “This wasn’t the way it was before.” … “How do I let go?” … “How do I be with this?” … “This isn’t the way I imagined it would be.” … “Something’s wrong here.”… As I deepen my mindfulness practice, one of the questions that has come up for me: “How do I stay in the present moment without grasping or holding on to it?”
The more we try to “be” in the present moment, the more it slips away from us. We’re too busy trying to have the present moment show up the way we want it to show up, rather than accepting it simply and naturally arising exactly as it is.
One of the things that has helped me to authentically be with the present moment is to ask myself: “How much of myself is really, right now, in this moment?”
When I ask myself this, if I am not truly in the present, it snaps me back into it. And if I am, it encourages me to be more mindful of bringing more to the here and now.