Being on the path of healing deposits its own obstacles, as well as its own treasures. One of the obstacles that I’m still facing is how to soften my tendency to let 10,000 things distract me from the present moment. For those times, I’ve been practicing a simple two-word mindfulness mantra. I’d love to share it with you.
“Now is where love breathes.” — Rumi (attributed)
It’s amazing how enriching life becomes when we sense the energy around us on a level far deeper than sight and touch. The invisible becomes just as real as the visible, and not just when we’re visualizing the future, but when we’re here, rooted in this moment.
This moment holds treasures for those who dig, which first (and sometimes only) requires that you simply stay.
Recognizing this moment for what it is and for what it contains—everything—delivers a richness and depth that cannot be matched by any other place, time, or material thing.
But how, as humans, do we live in the present moment, “every” moment? I’m not sure if it’s possible, but living in the present as much as possible is a worthwhile journey to me.The beauty of simplicity is that it retains the potential to enrich one's life without adding more to one's plate. tweet this
The other week, two words floated by to counter my anxious thoughts about how I was going to get it all done (another thing I’m not sure is possible). The phrase, one that’s so simple it’s easy to mistake as invaluable, stuck with me.
These two words have birthed a mindfulness mantra, successfully bringing me back to the present tense. Whether I’m dreaming about the 10,000 things I want to accomplish or feel stuck in a rut of doubt or procrastination, I turn to these two words.
Amazing, too, the level of peace you can regain and retain when you make a habit out of simple mindfulness practices.
A Mindfulness Mantra for Presence of Heart, Whatever and Wherever
Are you ready for something that’s so simple, so basic, that I dare you to stay with it and acknowledge its hidden potential to help you live a richer life?
If you are, brace yourself for two essential words that have blossomed into so much more for me:
Only: An all-encompassing, whole singular.
This: What is right here, showing up, right now.
Only this moment. Only this person. Only this sensation. Only this experience. Only this task. Only this breath.
Whatever it is you’re doing, and wherever you happen to be, these two words can be a helpful reminder to come back to this and do what you can from here. There’s nothing fancy about these words, but the more I’ve been repeating them to myself, the more meaning they seem to deliver.
I repeat this mindfulness mantra in the shower when I’m thinking about my to-do list, before I begin a writing project, while I’m driving, while at a gathering with friends, as I’m falling asleep, and anywhere else you could imagine.
The results? I actually experience the water falling on my skin. I enter a state of flow in writing. I don’t distract myself with keeping 10 tabs open on my computer. I truly pay attention to the road, my surroundings, and other drivers while I’m driving. I fall asleep faster. I enjoy my relationships.
I feel more. I see more. I taste more. I feel ALIVE.
Only. This.When this moment becomes the most important moment, your entire life becomes a mindful masterpiece. Click To Tweet
Using these two words as a mindfulness mantra—using them in your meditations, even—is such a simple practice that you might actually practice it. If you do, which I do encourage, I’d love to know how it feels and what it helps you with.
Here’s another example of how these words have helped me: I just wrote this blog post without stopping once to check on another tab or project, and I wrote with ease and joy in half the time it usually takes me to write a blog post.
Simple really is a beautiful, life-giving method.
When and where can you use this mindfulness mantra to bring you back to “center” when your mind gets lost or thoughts carried away?
Share your thoughts on this mindfulness mantra, any other practices or tools you use to keep you present and calm, and any stories of a shift with me in the comments.
Share the potential of these simple words with someone you wish only peace for; send them this mantra and maybe be a blessing today.
Dare yourself to stay here.