Are You Breathing?

I enjoyed noticing these beautiful daisies poking through paving.
I enjoyed noticing these beautiful daisies poking through paving.



“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”

― Eckhart Tolle

I can think of at least two times this week when something has happened to cause me stress and worry.  By talking things through with Hub, I found ways to get through them – I am always so greatful to him for his support.

Even so, in quieter moments, I am able to reflect that it would be so much better if I could remember to be mindful and reap the benefits of living in the present moment.  But how can this be achieved?  How is it possible to avoid those knee-jerk, stomach-clenching reactions to life’s trials and tribulations?

Here is a marvellous, short clip of an interview between Oprah Winfrey and the majestic Eckhart Tolle, in which he offers two simple techniques which will help in these situations.  While watching the clip, I could feel the immediate impact on my breathing, and could see how a second’s focus on the breath can make all the difference.  Finding joy and meaning in every task, no matter how simple or seemingly insignificant might seem like a tall order, but I am going to redouble my efforts to take this advice – after all, as Tolle says, the majority of our days are made up of such tasks.  It is only infrequently that our time is taken up with major events.

How important, then, to take notice of all these little trifles. 🙂

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

– Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

23 thoughts on “Are You Breathing?

  1. Oh, how very well said, Liz! Being in the moment is not an easy feat for we are programmed to scan our environment in search of resources (food, shelter, etc) or be on the alert for danger. In many ways, we anticipate and insert preventatives to ensure our survival. Being in the present is deeper, and more difficult task. It takes courage and practice. I loved this post!!!

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  2. I love Meister Eckhart. Great post as we always need reminding about this. Like this you notice more you enjoy more , well you live more. Thank you, Enjoy the moment, and those little flowers through the pavement are so sweet.

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  3. I agree with your other commenters – great post, Liz. Something I try to do every day. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I struggle, sometimes I lose the moment altogether. We can but try – and life is all the sweeter when we succeed 🙂

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    1. Thank you Sandra – I love your comments. It is so true that, as long as we are trying, we are doing all that we can ask of ourselves. 😀💕


  4. Thanks for sharing this video. It seems no matter how many times I’ve listened to Eckhart Tolle or read his books, I can always use a little reminder to be more present. This was that reminder today.

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    1. Hi Myles, thanks so much for stopping by, and for your great comments. I completely agree – I find that I can listen to & read him over and over, always finding something new and valuable. 🙂


  5. He is truly majestic.. What he says is so simple and yet can be tough if there are years of childhood conditioning acting against what is happening in the present moment.. but lovely simple techniques from him are so helpful! 🙂

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    1. Yes, I suspect we all have some form of conditioning that we have to battle against. Isn’t it great that we have access to such wisdom to help us! 🙂


  6. Hi Liz. Well you and your followers may be surprised to learn that I haven’t come across Eckhart Tolle before. Really!!! I hear you all thinking, maybe even saying! But I admire his thinking and have tried to be in the moment all day, including the lovely walk I have just done. Sun on my face, breeze making whistling noises in my small hoop earrings, flowers in the paved driveways. I will think on! xx Great post – yours not mine! xx

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  7. Yes, a great post. I find that living in the moment is definitely calming though I have never consciously thought that that is what I am doing. When I need to relax I go out with my camera and look for interesting and beautiful things. To concentrate on one’s surroundings one has to live in the moment, and to watch a butterfly, or a sunset or admire some pretty daisies properly one can’t be worrying about other things at the same time.

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    1. Thank you, Clare! Yes, I can see exactly how photography is a great way to calm and focus the mind, especially when one is wafting around in nature looking for beauty! 🙂

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  8. This is what photography does for me. The moment is everything. It stretches time and you are most alive in this moment of looking through the camera and seeing the world so differently. It is like being a child. He is trying to teach this which is so good, but it won’t work all that well with washing your hands, it works best if you find something that makes you want to be in each moment because you feel intensely engaged in something outside yourself. There are lots of different ways to do this, the key is to find yours.

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