In This Moment
Just For Today
The phrase “Just For Today”, has a very universal meaning and application to it. It is the beginning of each phrase in the 5 Reiki Principles, it is the title of a prayer in 12 step programs, it is the culmination of many moments implied in the spiritual practice of living “In The Moment.” So what about these two phrases is so powerful that they are the foundation of many belief systems and practices?
Here is what I think. Living in the moment or just for today has a way of slowing us down long enough to focus on what is truly important in life and allows us to give some serious thought to our actions, our thoughts, and our words, and even our reactions to the events, people, and world around us. It affects our energy levels in a way that enhance our lives and the lives of all of those that we encounter, whether directly or indirectly. This applies to life with our family, friends, and acquaintances and with people that we do business with, in our jobs or as a consumer.
It has the capacity to bring peace and balance into our hearts and minds , and substance into our lives, no matter what the situation may hold by making the decision that in this moment or just for today “I will or will not say, do, or think a particular thought, deed, or action.” It can involve any combination of thoughts, emotions, actions, or intentions, including judging as right/wrong, good/bad, etc. If you think about it, this can change everything in life. After all, our minds are a very powerful, creative force, and whether we want to recognize this or not, we are the creators of our own reality in each and every moment. Some examples of how to use these statements would be as follows: from the Reiki Principles;
v Just for today, I will; not worry.
v Just for today, I will not be angry.
v Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
v Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
v Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing.
Or from the 12 Step Programs;
v Just for today, I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problems at once.
v Just for today, I will be happy.
v Just for today, I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.
v For the full list visit this link: http://www.nhal-anon.org/Just4Today.html
Or from my own personal list;
v In this moment, I will breathe in and feel my body, strong and healthy, and full of light and life.
v In this moment, I will choose the option to keep my thoughts aligned with my highest purpose in the will of my Creator, and to reject the ego mind that tries to destroy my joy.
v In this moment, I will notice my surroundings and in this notice the creation of synchronistic harmony with life.
v In this moment, I choose to see the world as a friendly and loving place, willing to provide all of my needs and desires in abundance, in alignment with the will of my Creator.
The point is, that any one of us can make up or use a “Just For Today” or “In This Moment” statement and use it to our advantage to change anything that we would like to change in our life. It is not something that will become a part of your everyday life automatically, and I won’t say that is an easy practice to incorporate into your life.
I will say that, it may depend on how painful or desperate you are to change a situation or belief system because sometimes it takes our being in enough pain to make us angry enough about it, and decide to make a change. With this decision over time, with trial and error, and with practice, the changes will begin to take shape and your world will be a more joyful experience.
Most people say that with their busy life, they don’t have the time to even think about something like this. I was one of them. Well, that is the point, which is what we have created for ourselves, in telling ourselves that we are not worth the time that it takes to “Be in the Moment”. It is one of the ego’s tricks that keeps us stuck in that paradigm.
I have to say that this was a good reminder for me today to return to this practice and use it in my own journey. I hope that it was helpful for you who are reading and I hope that it will be a useful tool in creating your new life.
aka Annette Schunk
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