Being in the Moment Isn’t Always Easy. Just Breathe!

I often heard my mother discuss the fact that she felt time was going more quickly as she aged. I often thought it couldn’t go quick enough. But then I was young and rarely reflected on the fact that we are not here on a permanent basis. Lately I find myself connecting to many of my mothers’ statements especially the ones around how life seems to whoosh by with each passing year. It seems that I just had Thanksgiving dinner and now it’s here again. How did that happen? And Christmas is just around the corner. Of course it’s not easy to forget either holiday since the media relentlessly feeds us their ads to buy, buy, buy starting in late August.  Christmas decorations are already up and we haven’t even cleared the Thanksgiving dinner. Black Friday is closing in on us, but now there’s some stores that will be open at 9Pm Thanksgiving night in case you have an obsessive need to go to a store and leave your guests in the living room. Forget hanging out and reflecting on the day’s gathering. It’s much better to think about what you’ll be going to purchase while you’re chewing  on a drumstick. We have turned life into a constant need to access the future without living in the present. This shift in how our culture lives their lives creates a great deal of stress  My mother and her generation seemed to savor each holiday without feeling obligated to discuss the one coming. I have talked to many people about this phenomenon and it may be time to reflect on spending more time honoring the moments we’re in rather than anticipating or dreading the ones that are coming. This is not an easy practice in a society that has come to value “doing” rather than “being”.  However, perhaps the gift you may want to access this season is reminding yourself throughout the day to just breathe. When you’re stressed out you breathe more rapidly. The simple act of inhaling and exhaling slowly and purposefully allows you to be aware of the present moment. Every moment that we honor with a deep breath allows us to feel more peaceful by helping to quell the inner critics that never stop reminding us of “what’s next”.Try it when you’re at the Thanksgiving dinner table and Aunt Hattie tells you the turkey is dry, or when you’re lying in bed worried about how you’re going to get all your shopping done, or in dozens of stressful situations that pass and soon become part of the tapestry of life. Just breathe!

3 Replies to “Being in the Moment Isn’t Always Easy. Just Breathe!”

  1. Loretta, you have helped save my life, I think that you are wonderful, hilarious, inspirational and comforting .
    Thank you so much, , I have downloaded your fantastically funny talks and have bought all of your books.
    My journey through depression has been tremendously helped by you, you wonderful woman and I am so glad to have found you.

  2. Loretta,

    We met once, years ago, after one of your performances.

    Obviously, you’re not supposed to remember.

    I’m writing to you–to tell you that I have recommended you to the Samaritans, for a new project that they are either sponsoring or co-sponsoring.

    I believe that it is called “Happier Boston”–and they might have a website. From what little I know about it, this organization is devoted to cheering up people, spontaneously, in Boston. One example, related to me, had to with performing music on elevators, etc.

    I thought this sort of idea would appeal to you–who, after all, was the founder of Ta! Dah!

    All the Best


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