Monday Meditation Musings: Be Present

This past Sunday morning, I brought my niece and nephew to Duke Farms, in Hillsborough, NJ.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, please feel free to check it out.  It is an awesome place, I highly recommend it.

That is not the point of my post, however.  There is a tram that runs through the property and stops at various locations.  We decided to get off at a farther away stop, walk one stop worth, and then get back on the tram to return to the parking lot. (It was crazy hot, and I wanted the munchkins to enjoy, not to get bogged down in hot and tiredness). While we were walking along a path that we had also travelled along by tram, my niece suddenly exclaimed, “Hey, I don’t remember seeing that statue from the tram!!”  I sagely replied (at least I think so!), “Sometimes when you are going fast, you don’t see everything, so it is good to sometimes go slow and take a closer look!”  My niece agreed, and we continued on our walk.

Later, during my Headspace meditation, the theme of taking your time was reiterated.  I’m currently working my way through the rehab pack, and today the session talked about not rushing back into training.  That the skills you gained prior to injury are still there, and everything will come back with time.  Not to be concerned about how “far ahead” your competitors or teammates may have gotten while you have been healing.  In order to fully heal you have to be in the present, because your actions right now will eventually lead to the future.  So if you focus on your actions in the present, the future you are aiming towards will eventually come.  Focusing on the future and hoping to make it the present will not be successful.  This also resonates with my karate school’s core teachings…in the moment, at your best.  Many small moments, at your best, will eventually lead to change, success, improvement–whatever you are working to achieve.  One day, one moment, at a time.

Till next time!