Sunday, June 11

Sunday Scribblings ~ Mystery

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This week, Sunday Scribblings inquired, "If you could have any mystery unveiled for you, what would it be?"

I nodded as I read this question last night. It seemed so apropos as I just returned from an amazing movie that answered a question in me I had always pondered.

"What is the key to happiness?"

I believe a lot of people might quickly answer that it is their "faith" that is the key. Some might say it would be accomplishing their "dreams", some might answer "love". I might have answered any one of those or perhaps something else other than what I realized last night.

I think the key to happiness is living in the moment. Our minds are so full of thoughts from the past or of the future but rarely do we live in the NOW. Because of this, so much of life passes us by. We don't realize how many extraordinary moments are happening around us because we are consumed with another time other than the present moment. As a result of this, we are left always wanting more or wishing for something else other than what we already possess. Isn't this living with a feeling of being unsatisfied rather than at peace with what is?

I am so guilty of this. I am a thinker. I have such a busy mind. It is so rare that my mind is quiet and able to listen to the present lessons I am to be learning. I have been so focused on what I "want" lately rather than what surrounds me now.

"There are no ordinary moments". It was after hearing this in the movie last night that an epiphany came flooding into my heart and mind. "Pay attention".

Following the movie, I put "living in the now" into practice. Walking out of the theater, I listened to the soft wind and felt it caress my face. I concentrated on the feel of my husbands hand holding mine. His warmth, his love, his protection. I heard laughter up ahead and behind us as people walked passed. I admired the architecture of the buildings surrounding us. I smelled the jasmine flowers that were draping over the large flower boxes around the restaurant near us. I looked at my husband's face as he opened my car door and thought how beautiful he was. I sat in our car, grateful that we have one to drive.

And you know what? I felt happy. My mind was emptied of what was or what will be...and it embraced what IS...and that flooded my heart with a true happiness.


Blogger Susannah Conway said...

that's the key isn't it - living in the now. i've been living in the past too much these last few days and it's good to be reminded to look at what it is that surrounds me now. thank you my love

June 11, 2006 at 10:09:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

This post resonated so deeply with me today because this is something I have spent the past couple of weeks thinking about. I am soooo guilty of not living in the moment. My mind plagues me and I decided I really needed to get a handle on things--thus, the wisdom of "I am here". Paying attention. It means I am moving more slowly through things--work, conversations, days. But, how rich. Thank you, Boho...this spoke to me.

June 11, 2006 at 11:02:00 AM PDT  
Blogger thodarumm said...

Thank you sweet girl. It is so true and just the thing I needed to see today. I am so restless, overwhelmed with life now, but really it is all the small things that I am fretting about. The sun is out, it is gorgeous outside and I have a blessed life... thank you for reminding me.

June 11, 2006 at 11:14:00 AM PDT  
Blogger turquoise cro said...

That's a GREAT post Boho gal!!! I try to do this too but often I get sidetracked but I always do try and hear the sweet bird's songs! It's beauty full here today too in West Virginia! and soooooo peaceful! Happy Sunday! to You and all your readers! xo These days will soon, too soon be considered "the good ol' days!"(meaning time goes too fast and these are the good ol' days sooo enJOY them NOW!)

June 11, 2006 at 11:28:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Amber said...

So wise and true! I do it, as well. Or, I live in the "I need to___" mode. I sometimes look at my children and need to remind myself to just sit and look at them. They are so small, now. They will grow so fast, and someday I will be sitting alone in my house wishing I could go back and watch them just be tiny.
Yes. I think you are indeed on to something. I think much o four happiness rests in the "now". Good job!


June 11, 2006 at 12:01:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now is the only moment we will ever possess, like a grasp of water, the past will leave us with fragments of memories. Hopefully having added to you, one way or another made you fuller somehow, expanding with experience of living. The future is this vast potential that we dream about. I am more holistic in my thinking I guess. My moment can only become whole when I blend it with the colours of the past and the utter excitement of the future ahead.

I just love this post. Thank you for sharing.
A moment of stillness to ponder and realize that life is truly wonderful....

♥, annax

June 11, 2006 at 12:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger paris parfait said...

I think we're all guilty of getting too busy and rarely taking enough time to slow down and focus on the moment. It's something I'm becoming much better at as I get older - not quite so much racing around, making too many appointments with the mysteries. Lovely, thoughtful post.

June 11, 2006 at 1:54:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Amy said...

It's the smallest, most inconsequential things that can make us truly grateful for this life. Buddha says that desire leads to sorrow because you're never happy with what you have and you're always wanting more. When you take a step back to appreciate that which has true meaning, your soul is set free.

Loving on you today, Denise!

June 11, 2006 at 2:12:00 PM PDT  
Blogger harmonyinline said...

Living in the moment, that's a challenge, it does make life beautiful, though

June 11, 2006 at 2:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Madeleine said...

I desperately try to live in the moment and fail so often. It's a good reminder to us all that we should concentrate on the here and now.
It's all too easy for me to project what I could be doing and what I could have and therefore not appreciate how lucky I am.
Thankyou for reminding me.

June 11, 2006 at 3:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Yolanda said...

I agree with the others this post resonated with me today too. I am trying so hard to do this. Life is just too short to waste it.

June 11, 2006 at 5:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...


first I want to scream out what I felt the moment I opened the post-you may want to plug your ears because I am shouting...."I WANT TO DO YOGA WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!"

There, I had to get that out. hee hee

Your post resonates with me so much my darling.

Lately I have found myself having to pull myself to conciousness. To look at my surroundings-the loved ones I get to be with today-to savor the beauty, joy and happiness in now-rather than living in what may be.

The funny thing is that is really the only time I feel happiness-I guess it isn't funny-just real.

Love and kisses and even more kisses to you my sweet darling.

June 11, 2006 at 5:49:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's to happiness found, wisdom imparted, this very moment, and questions answered. thanks for sharing it all!

June 11, 2006 at 7:13:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, yes!!!


June 11, 2006 at 7:30:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Goddess Leonie * GoddessGuidebook.com said...

oh! you saw THE movie...
i've been watching the trailer over and over again on the site... i deeply look forward to seeing it, it is one of my favourite books.

BLESSED BE! on living in the moment :)

love your work deni

June 11, 2006 at 7:38:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Alex S said...

I can't seem to read these words enough. I wonder if I could gather them all up and count them how many moments I have wasted by thinking about something in the past or worrying about something in the future. Thank you for this lovely reminder!

June 11, 2006 at 8:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Stef said...

you reminded me of what I need to be doing...living in the NOW. the feeling of happiness right now. thank you - your evening sounded wonderful.

June 11, 2006 at 9:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger lynne said...

Just wanted to say thank you for posting your words. I needed to read this today.

June 12, 2006 at 9:21:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know me Den...that's my motto!

Living with a serious disease does that to you.

My challenge is to keep the stress out of that day...no fear...just smile, look around, and whistle while you work =)

i love you ~dar

June 12, 2006 at 9:31:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I constantly have to remind myself to live in the moment. Time passes much too quickly and taking the time to really enjoy & live life is what it's all about.

When I lived abroad I used to pass a beautiful winery on my way home. Everyday I would try to soak up all the beauty since I knew one day I wouldn't be able to appreciate it in person. And I'm thankful that I made great efforts to enjoy that winery. Thanks for the reminder!

June 12, 2006 at 9:38:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a wonderful gentle reminder, thank you sweet pea, it is always good to read similar thoughts outside of my own mind racetrack.

June 12, 2006 at 9:50:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Daibh said...

Living in the moment rocks -- the future worries, and the past regrets -- the present just is, and if you blink, you miss it.

I used to wear a watch that had no marks on it for the increments of time.

A coworker said "Dude, how do you tell time with a watch like that?" and I said "I don't; I live in the moment -- real time!" and he smiled, nodding, said "Good answer."

Works for me. Glad you wrote about it, Boho! Here's to the magic of moments!

June 12, 2006 at 10:13:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it amazing when you take a moment to focus on your "ordinary". When ever I do, I feel so awed by how extroidanry it actually is.
Lovely SS.

June 12, 2006 at 10:49:00 AM PDT  
Blogger lisrobbe said...

Bravo! Living in the moment is the only solution. It allows for less stress in one's life and a free mind. Must check out Peaceful Warrior.

June 12, 2006 at 12:13:00 PM PDT  
Blogger deedee said...

Living in the moment is the key to happiness. I wish I could live there all the time. I try, and then my brain goes off on one of it's tangents.

June 12, 2006 at 1:13:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Deirdre said...

I love those moments of grace when life is defined by just the moment. It makes me more aware of the good things and less caught up in what can't be changed.

June 12, 2006 at 2:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Marina of Printable Expressions said...

Thank you, you also made me think.

June 12, 2006 at 5:02:00 PM PDT  

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