Staying in the Present Moment

“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Okay, I admit it, I’ve been so busy, I haven’t been paying attention to the present moment. Even when I’m working on the next thing that needs to be done, part of my mind is checking my list to see which task I’m going to do next. I’ve become more and more exhausted. Truth be told I’m still a little worn out. But just a few days ago I was reminded that to alleviate soul fatigue, it’s important to visit nature, or sit in silence, or do some other thing that stops the whirling in my head.

I did the sitting in silence thing. And I focused on what I was doing in the moment. I even went outside to feed the birds and then watch them scurry around the yard. But one of the best things that has helped is to listen to music. 

I hate to admit this, but I never heard of, or knew anything about the very famous composer Ennio Morricone until I saw the movie, The Holiday (2006) with Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black. Jack Black’s character is a film composer and the first time he meets Kate Winslet’s character he’s playing Ennio Morricone music on his car sound system.

About the time I was reminded to live in the present moment, Morricone’s music came up on my YouTube feed. I decided to listen and was amazed that I knew some of the movies he had written music for. It was the unfamiliar music that captured my attention, though. And I realized that listening to music while I work is a great way to stay focused on the present moment.

It’s been a long couple of weeks and I’ll leave you with the thought that music can be a balm to the soul. It can help us navigate tough emotions and help us relax.

Have a wonderful full moon. It’s a good time to let go of wounds, attitudes, and beliefs that no long serve us. It can also be a good time to look for something new coming our way.


Lucinda Sage-MIdgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.


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I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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