January 13

Reflection

Most of us live holding to the past or looking to the future with little time being focused on the now. We seldom stop long enough to be grateful for life and all that has brought us to the experience of now. Yet, this moment of life is all we can be sure we have. If we learn to be gratefully present to every moment we can reflect a message of courageous presence and creative acceptance no matter what the moment brings.

Prayer

I will praise the name of God with a song and will magnify God with thanksgiving.
Psalm 69:30

Action

Do you make it a habit to be at peace and present to your day?  Focus on the people and things present to you today? Try not to brood over past issues and worry about future happenings. Cherish the  moment.

Suggested Reading

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1Thessalonians 5:18

Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power
Come and see what God has done,
How awesome God’s works on our behalf!”
Psalm 66

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.
Mother Teresa

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Buddha

God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive God there with gratitude in that sacrament.
Evelyn Underhill

With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Animals are fully present. Through their unconditional acceptance of each moment they can sometimes draw even us into it.
Gratefulness.org

Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live.
Eckhart Tolle

Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow.
Catherynne M. Valente

Your life requires your mindful presence in order to live it. Be here now.
Akiroq Brost

 

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