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The best place …

By Bernadette Kathryn, LMT, IHLC


 

Doing the best at this moment

puts you in the best place for the next moment.

~ Oprah Winfrey

 


 

The best place to begin is where you are, right here, right now. Everyday we are given a new opportunity with 24 hours, 1440 minutes to begin. No matter where you are or where you have been, the best place to begin is here, now.

 

Many years ago a dear friend of mine gave me a book Be Here Now by Ram Dass, something that I will always remember fondly. You see, I have been a bit of a worrier and somewhat OCD. I grew up with a lot of chaos around me and I would pacify myself by trying to control my surroundings and in doing so, I would worry. The worry would occupy my time and energy in such a way that I could not fully enjoy the moment. I was basically wasting a chunk of my time on things I really could not control instead of embracing the moment that I was in. I wasn’t able to relax and this is something that I have struggled with throughout my life, which is one of the reasons it is so important to stop, reflect and express my daily gratitude ~ it reminds me to be here now.

 

This process of striving to create a Living Fit Lifestyle serves to help keep my feet on the ground while I shoot for the moon. It’s that balance that we have spoken about before. How do we participate in the planning of our lives for the future while learning from the past and enjoying the moment. How do we give our best in this moment while preparing for the best place in the next moment? It reminds me of the birds flocking together and flying as a unit or fish in the ocean that swim in unison in their schools. It’s really beautiful to see a school of fish swimming in the ocean ~ it’s like watching a dance. I remember a beautiful trip I took to Papua New Guinea a few years ago, the marine life was so abundant, I was in awe watching the multitude of fish swimming together like they were dancing to classical music. It looked like thousands of fish in a school swimming with the currents and dancing, so beautiful.

 

That image of a school of fish or a flock of birds traveling in unison is how I imagine myself dancing with life balancing yesterday, today and tomorrow. I am striving to:

 

  • Let go of what was
  • Learn from yesterday
  • Be here now, with my new knowledge
  • Do my best in this moment
  • Enjoy the passage of time
  • Plan for my future
  • Remain flexible like a willow tree
  • Put myself in the best place for the next moment

 

We never really know what life has in store for us and it’s up to us to find out how to feed our body, mind and spirit so that we can be in the best place for the next moment. Enjoy today while we are planning for tomorrow!