Day 1054: Here and Now

In therapy and in this blog, I invite people to be in the here and now.

Here and now, I’ll try to explain why that is.

If we focus our attention on the present,  we can

  • appreciate the gifts of the moment,
  • be less overwhelmed,
  • be more aware of what we can control,
  • let go of regrets about the past,
  • reduce fear about the future (which is unknown), and
  • identify achievable next steps.

Being in the here and now isn’t easy. It takes practice, commitment, and vigilance  to gently refocus our attention — which wanders  to the future, the past, all over the place —  to the present moment.

Are you with me?  Are you here and now?  Or are you thinking about

  • what’s already happened (which you can’t change),
  • what might happen (or might not), and
  • other places?

Here, now, are some photos presently on my phone:


Here, now, is music about here …

… and now.

In the present moment, I’m grateful to Rumi, cats, supportive people, healthy food, Gene Kelly, the Gershwin brothers, Pat Metheny, all my senses, and you — of course! — for being here and now.

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23 thoughts on “Day 1054: Here and Now

  1. Here and Now I wish you a great weekend 🙂

  2. Good morning! (4:45 AM my time)

    I am happy to be right here, right now, with you.

  3. Loved what you posted from Rumi. I needed it right here and right now.

  4. It’s always been difficult for me to focus on the here and now, but since you’ve acknowledged here that it’s difficult for anyone that actually helps. It takes some the pressure off and makes it easier to focus on the here and now. I think there’s a valuable lesson in how much we sometimes we need each other to be able to focus on ourselves.

  5. Here and now is like starting out with a clean slate. One doesn’t have to carry the past nor the future. You help to realize this every day Ann!

  6. Here the freak warm temperature has dropped 10 degrees – now it’s normal for November

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  8. Reblogged this on Ancien Hippie.

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  10. So glad to be here now .. In the here and now. 💛

  11. Happy to have spent some now with this post. Thank you.

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