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It’s Saturday, and I have my usual large mug of coffee sitting in front of me, and once again I am feeling grateful to be staring out at Lake Michigan after a tumultuous week.  Stress.  Why do we allow ourselves to take it farther into our thoughts than the actual time we experienced it?  I feel as if this week (for me, anyway) was so stressful that it felt surreal.  As cliché as this might sound, it was like something out of a movie (and not a pleasant one, I might add).  So here I am with one of my favorite beverages, looking out at beautiful Lake Michigan, and yet my stressful thoughts have crept into my mind when there is no reason for them to be there!

I have read a lot about practicing the power of now.  Being in the moment, mindfulness, of that which is going on at the present and nothing to do with the past or future.  It is one of the hardest concepts for me to wrap my head around.  And yet, in and of itself it can be a huge stress release.  If I pay attention to my surroundings at this very moment, they are very pleasant.  Comfy couch, tasty coffee, and a view that is sublime.  So why am I ruminating on some extremely unpleasant circumstances of this past week that I can literally feel in my gut?

I don’t know why I am doing that; if I could just stay present in the moment; wow, what power that brings, don’t you think? Eckhart Tolle wrote an incredible (yet extremely deep) book called, “The Power of Now”.  I think there were a lot of us that found it difficult to understand, so he followed with the book, “Practicing the Power of Now”.  Both books talk about quieting our mind, and looking at the world in the present moment.

Here is my favorite quote of all time and quite frankly, very fitting for those of us who need to focus more on the ‘now’ and leave the past where it belongs:  in the rear-view mirror of our minds.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote

Here’s to a Saturday filled with joyful moments right NOW!!

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16 thoughts on “Saturday Serenity: Leaving The Past Behind

  1. andy1076 says:

    Reflection over a mug of coffee, Very nice 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *clink* Thank you, Andy!! Cher xo

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  2. Victo Dolore says:

    Sending hugs your way. May your tomorrow be better than last week. 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why thank you so much, Victo! I really appreciate your thoughtful words! Cher xo

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  3. Lisa A. says:

    Great post, Cher! I sometimes get stressed out thinking about the past and future. I’m getting better at living in the moment though. The book you mention sounds pretty good. I’ve heard of Eckhart Tolle.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, dear Lisa! I need to follow your lead and get better at living in the moment, too! Oh yes, I think you’d really enjoy his books. Very deep but extremely meaningful!! Cher xo

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  4. Add a big cup of Timmies and we’re good to go!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Amen to that, Teri!!! Cher xo

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  5. But this defeats the essence of my blog, postings of my past–and memories/memoirs. I know, I get it. Dwelling is not good. It can be depressing. And that is NOT good for the soul.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *biggest grin* Ah James!! 🙂 Cher xo

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  6. Wish you a good weekend and hope that you will find your inner peace Cher 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, Irene! I really appreciate your thoughtfulness (always!) Cher xo

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  7. I have heard the name “Emerson” all my life, but never knew he was such a wise person. Love this post. Thanks for sharing your feelings. I hope by doing that, some of the burden of stress has been lifted. BTW, is that Timmie’s coffee? It has been a long time since I last saw that name!! 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi dear Carol! It is so great to hear from you! Oh yes, Emerson’s wise words of wisdom resonate strongly with me. Thank you for your thoughtful words. Yes, it has helped a lot, thanks! Why, as a matter of fact, it is Timmies coffee! We ordered some coffee beans on line. Oh how I missed that coffee!!! Cher xo

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  8. I hope you have a better week. I, too, struggle to live in the moment, but I do make slow progress, so maybe one day.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, Hilary! Yes, me too! Cher xo

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