Ok, so I’ve had two more 4am dates with Chuck Norris in the past few weeks.
I don’t know why there are certain nights/very early mornings, that I just cannot sleep?! Ok, that’s a lie, I totally do. Duh, it’s stress and worry and silly mind games that torture you when you’re up at that hour. Why is it that every feeling and emotion in between the sober hours of 3 and 4am are ridiculously intensified?! I know you know what I mean. It can be the worst feeling ever, and if you’re like me, you can’t let it go. Which is why I turn to Chuck. It’s nice to have a familiar face to get up and have coffee with hours before anyone else is up.
OMG – Did I really just admit that I look forward to waking up to Walker Texas Ranger? I need a boyfriend. There, I said it. It’s out there, Universe. I’ll make time.
Anyway, a few days ago, I got up expecting to hang with the Total Gym crew and my TV was on some random station that I definitely hadn’t been watching the night before. There was a sermon on, and it was a woman, but I can’t remember her name. As I was about to change the channel something caught my attention and I started to listen. She was talking about balance and simplifying your life and with one sentence I had to put my coffee down and grab my notebook.
“We don’t want to miss the miracle of the moment.”
It’s not necessarily profound, but it’s so true. With worry and stress, work and relationships, social lives and social media…we all get so caught up in everything BUT the moment. It really resonated with me and I continued to take a few simple notes. Was she talking to me? Because all of these things I really needed to hear…
“Stop turning things into nightmares when they don’t need to be.”
“Don’t complicate things.”
“Forgive and let go.”
“Life should not be stressful.”
“Have a better day before it even starts.”
“Wake up, spend some time with God.”
“Replenish your soul in the morning.”
I’ve also been reading a Dr. Wayne Dyer book for the past few weeks called Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life, Living the Wisdom of the Tao. It’s SO good. You’re only supposed to read one verse a day but sometimes I just can’t stop. I highly recommend. That night it said something very similar.
“Be here in your mind as well as in your body, in a state of appreciation and an absence of longing. Let go of wondering about doing the right thing. Release the what-ifs and all of your goals for the future, replacing them with the power of this instant. Be here, and remember to do it now, for thinking about being someplace else uses up your precious present moments. The enlightened sage makes a practice of immersing himself completely in the current ‘nowness’ of his life.”
Um, I have chills right now just writing this blog and thinking about all of that. It’s just too amazing when the message is literally being spelled out in front of you. It’s kind of sad that we have to remind ourselves to stop and enjoy what is actually happening, or catch ourselves complaining and worrying about really petty stuff, when things are actually pretty awesome. It’s nice to remember that. And hopefully the more we remind ourselves, the more it becomes habit to take it easy, keep things simple and be present. xoxo