Living in the Now

From Spirituality & Health online magazine

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Advice for a writer seems like good advice for everybody….

Write Now

1. Be Silent. Are you intimidated by silence? Instead of looking for ways to fill the void with music, talking, or your own thoughts, become silence. Minimize your personal impact on the moment.

2. Be Curious. Do you feel a need to explain, interpret, tell, or exclaim? Let all your thoughts begin and end with question marks. Einstein said: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.”

3. Be Accepting. Do you judge, sort and exclude? Be discerning―don’t stand in harm’s way―but for now suspend judgments.  See neither good nor bad, wise or naïve, beautiful or ugly, skilled or bumbling, innocent or knowledgeable. Let it be as it is.

4. Be Open. Are you attached to knowing? Learn to be comfortable with not knowing. Warm yourself in shadows instead of sunlight. Be awed by the beauty of the thorn rather than the rose. Bask in the mystery of your friends’ being rather than in whom you believe they are.

About Mona

I am a wife and mother, a once-Catholic now UCC Christian, with a degree in Theology, a Masters in Religious Education, 27 years of theology teaching experience -- mainly High School, some College. I am now working as a Hospital Chaplain and feeling humbled and privileged every day. I love my family and I love to write; writing helps keep me sane. Published writing: • From Hurt To Healing, Publish America 2004, ebook on Amazon, 2011; •"Forgive and Forget," America Magazine, September 16, 2002; •"From Victim to Victimizer," Human Development Magazine, Summer 2005; • It's Just Not Fair, Introducing The Fairly-Good Mother, ebook at Amazon, 2011; • Traces of Hope: Surviving Grief and Loss, March 2015, St. Johann Press http://www.amazon.com/Traces-Hope-Surviving-Grief-Loss/dp/1937943275
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