Being in the moment is not about control. It’s about giving up control.
One of my dearest friends, Ines Hegedus-Garcia, left this comment on my Lessons From A Miraculous Sunrise post. She said, “Sometimes what we think are distractions are actually growth possibilities and there’s a reason those are placed in your way. I prefer not to choose and let it all in as it comes my way… life is not always about control.”
As always, she got me thinking. Was I really trying to take control? I thought about this a long time. My goal was to be in the moment. Not to control the moment. Doing that requires letting go of the things we “think” we have control over – the past, the future, and people, places and things that have nothing to do with that moment. It also means not letting other things have control either, like the constant interruption of technology.
To be fully present, we have to let go of the things that distract us from enjoying the moment we’re in, and that includes the desire to control that moment and all of the moments outside of it.
It’s not about control. It’s about losing control.
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