One of the hardest things I struggle with in in my spiritual growth is being in the now. Buddha said “Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.” I believe this has a lot to do with being in the now, best taught, or rather better known, by Eckhart Tolle’s recent teachings. Being in the now means not dwelling on outside circumstances being created by others, after all we are in fact creating this within ourselves by allowing it to affect our emotions. Sometimes, the best way to be in the now is to find simple things that occupy your mind and your total attention. Lately, I’ve found those things to be crafts, creating music, writing and other creative outlets.
Take time outside your normal routine to enjoy creative and fun outlets. Before you know it, you’ll be so consumed with your project, hours will pass and you’ll not have had any other thought in your mind except your current focus. Afterwards, I’ll bet you’ll find your mind, body and soul are much more at ease having given your inner voice a rest. Our internal chatter and ego are so loud we need to find ways to tame them. Meditation is great, but creative outlets can work in the same way and will give you just the focus you need to quiet your mind. Happy crafting!
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