“Die to having anything be different in this moment; in your mind and in your heart, give yourself permission to allow this moment to be exactly as it is, and allow yourself to be exactly as you are” – Kabat-Zinn
On our recent trip to Mexico, we stayed in a place where our room had a terrace and we had an unobstructed view of the ocean 100 feet from the terrace. It was beautiful, serene and we took full advantage of it, sitting out every morning to enjoy a cup of tea and coffee and conversation. Throughout the day, I brought my book or computer outside to read and write, we ate at the table, and listened to the waves and we were content. It was not a small gift; it transformed the last week of our trip.
Until neighbors moved in next door and one gentleman decided our terrace was his path to the pool just around the corner. Tom had just left and I was rattled and annoyed by someone coming and going, coming and going, coming and going. (I swear he walked through my breakfast 4 or 5 times) I tried harrumphing each time to let him know how inappropriate his actions were, I tried giving him the “eye” to announce my displeasure and he remained oblivious, completely relaxed and enjoying his vacation.
On my last morning, I woke up looking forward to my last breakfast on the terrace and then I remembered my neighbor and had a sinking feeling. And then I breathed a loving blast of awareness – Seriously??? This is what you are going to spend your energy on today? Seriously??? There is nothing more important for you to get your knickers in a knot about? Seriously, Miss Yogi, use that breath of yours and try to live in each moment!
And I found myself, tea in hand, toast on plate, watching the early risers splashing in the water, the fishing boats in the hazy distance and peace in my heart. This moment is no small gift; indeed it is the only moment and therefore the best.