Be in the NOW

I’m back! I had it in my mind that I needed to work on this business plan or that new product, but I’m living in the moment and in this moment...I want to share. 

How many of you can feel the extreme transformation flowing lately? I feel like I went from searching my purpose to living my purpose. I’ve shifted my paradigm and find myself truly living in the present. I woke up to a beautiful Minnesota day and wanted to go for a run. The old me would’ve thought I needed to get some work done first or do something to earn the run. The new threw down a glass of water and grabbed my running shoes. 

I tend to compare my workouts a lot and grade myself on how I’m doing. I time my runs and map the distance. During the run, I’m trying to ignore that knee pain and push harder. I’m sprint from this sign to that tree or seeing how far past the edge of comfort I can go. Today, I chose my favorite playlist over my ‘Get Fit’ list. I didn’t time my run. I picked a park that’s about 1 1/4 miles away and my goal was to run there, find a sweet spot to meditate and run back.

 A new meditation spot

A new meditation spot

As I laid out on this fallen tree, I felt peace. I turned off the music and listened to the ripples in the water, the birds chirping, a happy dog playing, a motorcycle buzzing by...everything that was and I was thankful in that moment. 

I start my return. As I’m listening to the songs of love on iPod, I’m realizing how I’m actually singing them to myself. Try it! Find your favorite love song and sing it to yourself. Fall in love with you again.

 A view of my trail today

A view of my trail today

“Follow the signs right back to you, back to you, back to you. I know they wind right back to you, back to you, back to you.”
-Back to You by Twin Forks

“I’ll follow you into the park through the jungle, through the dark. Girl, I’ve never loved one like you. Laugh until we think we’ll die, barefoot on a summer night. Never could be sweeter than with you. And in the streets you run afree, like it’s only you and me. Geez, you’re something to see. Home, let me come home. Home is wherever I’m with you.”
-Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

A car goes by with a 111 license plate on this quite back road and I appreciate the Angel message. I then approach a girl and a boy. He’s walking gently beside her. She has on one of those white plastic leg braces. I can see her joy in each step, as the sun shines down on her after a long winter. We’re both approaching a downhill. She pauses to brace herself. I adjust my posture to prepare for the acceleration on my knees. It reminded me that we all prep ourselves differently for the downhills, but what matters is that we keep going one step in front of the other. We all have different journeys, but mine is no better or worse than hers and vice versa. I get to the end of my street, which is a dead end with a ‘FUTURE STREET’ sign. I always end my run in a full sprint and finish by touching the ‘FUTURE’. 

A-HA! I could’ve chose to spend my run criticizing myself for those extra pounds I’ve put on, or challenging myself to do an extra mile, or even being bummed out about those two cocktails I had last night. Or I could just be. Be living and breathing and happy for the downhills, the uphills and all of the learning in between. The future always comes at the end of the run. That’s something we can’t control, but you have the power to choose how you want to live NOW! So I’ll whisper these words of wisdom, let it be, let it be! Cheers to all of us perfectly imperfect souls! You are so very loved. 

My wish is that all of you spend some time falling in love with yourselves. Have a dance party when nobody’s home. Take a walk and stop to put your feet in the grass. Connect. Dissolve separation and be.

“But all the possibilities, no limits, just epiphanies. I’m never gonna look back. I’m never gonna give it up. No, just don’t wake me now. This is gonna be the best day of my life.”
-Best Day of My Life by American Authors

Keep smiling!