The Magic of the Present Moment

I think there is nothing like the song of a bird to bring you back into the present moment...

But frankly, any well cherished song has the power to bring you back into the present moment...

Yesterday afternoon I drove down to Charlottesville with my husband to meet our son - who will be graduating from the University of Virginia in a couple of weeks - to hear Bruce Springsteen in concert.

It was a magnificent afternoon and the drive down was beautiful. Everything was green and lush - verdant and teeming with life. We drove with the windows down listening to Springsteen's new CD - Magic. I thought to myself - this ride - this moment - this experience - the view - everything - indeed - life itself - is magic!

I remember thinking - "This is the only moment there is - there is no where else I need to be - there is nothing I need to do and nothing I need to think about. I love this moment! Ah! I am enjoying it fully!" I think Eckhart Tolle and Oprah would be proud!

And it seemed as though time stood still...

I enjoyed the time after the concert even more as we went to one of my son's favorite haunts - the Buddha Biker Bar to drink pitchers of beers at midnight. We walked the streets of Charlottesville past midnight and traced paths that my son took so many times and which were alien to me. I was so into the experiences of each moment...

This morning, before we drove back home, on another magnificent blue sky day with sunlight drenching everything - I heard a bird chirping and I was drawn into its beauty and simplicity.

For a moment - that was the present moment - and which spilled into the next moment and the next one after that - there was nothing else. There was only this sound. And it was perfection itself. It was pure magic....

And I thought - this song is more beautiful than any I have ever heard...

In this present moment - it is everything - and yes - in this moment - it is truly the most beautiful song and sound...It is a manifestation of the Divine...

This simple sound of a bird chirping disclosed the magic of the present moment...

Nothing more and nothing less...

Comments

Anonymous said…
Olga, I believe you have found serenity in your life and it makes me wonder why I worry at all. Life is short and your writing is beautifully descriptive of how we should live each moment. Thank you for your writings. Sincerely, Jan

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