In the course of everyday stress, it is quite easy to become flooded, if not haunted by thoughts and feelings of the past… or anxiety of what may occur in the future. Becoming lost in the past or future robs us of the present moment; truly a divine time zone. I received an email over the weekend with news that a dear friend had passed away; a fatal heart attack. He died while on a Celtic music themed cruise ship in the Caribbean. Tom was one who loved traditional Celtic music. He lived for it. And he died doing what he loved. Surrounded in the vibrations of Celtic fiddles, penny whistles, guitars, banjos and Uilleann pipes, there was only this moment called now for Tom, and he taught us this in many ways. The news of the loss of a loved one can bring up many emotions, not the least of which includes grief, regret, anger, sorrow and doubt. While all of these emotions are valid, let us not forget to live in the moment. Living in the moment means to enjoy the stimulation of all the senses, whether it be music, food, art, roses or the wisp of wind through your hair. Living in the moment means to be present with your thoughts and feelings as you experience these sensations. Living in the present moment means to live life without regrets. A full heart is a happy heart.
Stress Tip for the Day:
Living in the present moment is the true nature of mindfulness. And living in the present moment includes vanquishing feelings of guilt (past) and fears (future) that rob us of the present moment. When you consider all the wasted time on guilt and worry you begin to realize just how precious the present moment really is. The news of one’s death becomes a time to gain perspective on what is important. So today, take time to be grateful for what you have (starting with the gift of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell). Ask for forgiveness from those you may have hurt, forgive others for their inappropriate actions, tell close friends and family you love them, because you never know when your last moment might be. Enjoy the present moment; truly it is all we really have.
Links, Books and Movies Worth Noting:
Perhaps there is no better way to honor Tom Piggot’s love of Irish music, not to mention his velvet Irish tenor voice, than to share this video of him singing the song, The Parting Glass. Enjoy!
Quote for the Day:
Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room
Everything remains as it was.
—Irish Saying (shared by Anne Kearney, thanks Anne)
Photo for the Day:
One of Tom Piggot’s favorite places in Ireland was the Cliffs of Moher. In his honor, I selected this image as a tribute to him. Tom you are beautiful soul and the world will be a lesser place without you. Thanks for your great love of Irish music, Irish people, the beauty of the Emerald Isle and your passion to share this with all you encountered along the “enchanted way.” Safe home, my friend!
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 10 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (7e) and the forthcoming, A Beautiful World: The Earth Song Journals. He can be reached through his website: www.brianlukeseaward.net
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