“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have…” Eckhart Tolle
Plan your hours to be productive,
Plan your weeks to be educational,
Plan your years to be purposeful,
Plan your life to be an experience of growth
Plan to change. Plan to grow. Iyanla VanZant
Remember the last time you puttered around your home reading and tossing old magazines? Or what about that lingering bubble bath you took or the time you stopped to watch some street entertainer perform a song or dance? Perhaps we savored the moment; maybe we felt a niggling pull or a critical voice in our head telling us to get back to being busy. Whether we are being productive, purposeful or playful, every moment counts…
“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the lord.” Psalm of David 31:24
Do not let your fire go out,
Spark by irreplaceable spark,
In the hopeless swamps of the approximate,
The not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.
[…] The world you desired can be won.
It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours. Ayn Rand
For years, I felt that if I wasn’t being fully engaged in some productive endeavor, I was wasting my time. But, the fact is that every moment we spend on this planet counts in our favor (an opportunity to learn/serve), and nothing is a waste of time. Our active and inactive days give us a chance to regroup, refresh and recalibrate our lives; our quiet times are as valuable as our hectic ones.
“A single day is enough to make us a little larger.” Paul Klee
You’re worried about
How you’re going to feel
At the end of your life?
Live. Right this minute.
That’s where the joy is at. Abigail Thomas
The last several days have been difficult and, as a way to seek clarity and comfort, I turned my attention to inspirational writings; scriptural texts and uplifting magazine articles. In O Magazine, I came across a wonderful piece offering us 11 quotes to help us make the most of the here and now. I felt a shift after reading them and the idea for this post was born. I also thought that, instead of 11 quotes, it would be helpful to have 14 great quotes to ponder for the next seven days, two per day, with beautiful images accompanying each set of quotes.
“This year I am choosing, to live beyond my wildest dreams. I wonder where it will take me.” Oprah Winfrey
Fear is the most fearful of all things,
and it, in itself, is an illusion.
The fear of death is one of its greatest
cultivations. Death can freak you out totally.
And unless you think about it, take it apart
molecule by molecule, and begin to figure it
out, it will continue to paralyze you. Ginny Brock
As I started looking for appropriate images, I came across the Chakra page in Wikipedia and realized that the vibrant colors would be perfect. I could compliment the quotes with images from the seven energy centers or chakras in the body. The Chakras are “force centers” or whorls of energy permeating, from a point on the physical body…. considered focal points for the reception and transmission of energies.” They represent points of light or energy links that enhance certain qualities or behavioral patterns in the body. You may click on the links I added and read up on each for more in-depth information. I hope you take a moment to contemplate the quotes and accompanying pictures. More below!
“We can’t take any credit for our talents… It is how we use them that counts.” Madeleine L’Engle
You have to start by changing the story
you tell yourself about getting older…
The minute you say to yourself,
Time is everything, and I’m going
to make sure that time is used
the way I dream it should be used,
then you’ve got a whole different story. Diane Sawyer
There are seven chakras or energy centers/markers in the physical body and each one resides in an important place on the physical body. They are not visible to the naked eye, but the energy during meditation is palpable.
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” Henry David Thoreau
When you’re trying to motivate yourself,
Appreciate the fact that you’re even
thinking about making a change.
And as you move forward,
Allow yourself to be good enough. Alice Domar
Thoreau’s quote above is apropos for all of us to read and digest. it is so easy to postpone our enjoyment of the present or to make the maximum effort to accomplish a wish in the now. We look for the time when x,y,z align themselves and that rarely happens in real life. So might as well press on, flawed and all. To be human is to be flawed and that’s okay too. If we can find/see eternity in each moment, we can spend each moment as quality time.
“What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise thee? Will it tell of thy faithfulness?” Psalm of David 30:9
Life is no “brief candle” to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
Which I have got hold of for the moment,
And I want to make it
Burn as brightly as possible. George Bernard Shaw
I need to remember it more often… life is a splendid torch. What are your thoughts? Do you allow yourself to sit do so nothing from time to time? How does it make you feel? Do you worry that you’re wasting time or do you value all your time regardless of how it was spent? What simple, uneventful yet cherished moment comes to mind? How do you spend and use your time? What helps you handle the shift from hectic to quiet? Do share! Thank you. 😉
Read more: O Magazine – 11 Quotes to Help You Make the Most of Every Moment
The Llewellyn Journal – The Fear of Death: A Great Illusion
Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: Enjoy the large, small, and even innocuous gifts of each day; every moment counts. Cherish them all!
- The Wisdom of Eckhart Tolle (liftingtheclouds.wordpress.com)
- A Moment of Solitude (sabinianabalagtasbaliba.com)
- Quotes to spur clarity and courage in times of confusion and chaos (creativityland.ca)
- The Psychology of the Chakras (oneyogalife.wordpress.com)
- Writing With Listening: “A Ha” Moments (writingsistersblog.wordpress.com)
- Pain (sisterlysouls.wordpress.com)
- Walking on Water (candidness.wordpress.com)
- Our highest potentials rest within our chakra system. (prophetic1dotorg.wordpress.com)
- Chakras, Crystals, and Corresponding Tones (amras888.wordpress.com)