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.