Path to Joy: 10th of 12 – This Moment
Write it on your heart that each day is the best day in the year. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Tenth Path to Joy is “This Moment” which is, as Francis Bacon said, “sparkling like a star in our hand.” While researching the concept of ‘time,’ I found a video on how time travel works. Although revisiting the past or imagining the future can be easier than making the most of the moment, here are reasons to stick with what’s actually happening, right now:
- The present moment is the only one we control
- Each moment is a gift [because we don’t know how many we have]
- Staying out of the past and future improves mental, physical and emotional health.
- Read more.
Although piling up time travel frequent flyer miles can be tempting, here’s help for staying present:
- How to Stay in The Present Moment
- 4 Tips to Stay in The Present Moment
- Feel Happy and Stress Free, 7 Steps
- How Being Present in The Moment Can Increase Well-being:
Seek joy and stay safe!
A Path to Joy Art Meditation: #10 This Moment
Find your eternity in each moment Henry David Thoreau
What I like best:
The circles contain the numbers one through twelve, as though they are clock faces. Yet they make me think of jellyfish floating forward, effortlessly.
Why I like the image:
I like how the ‘jellyfish’ suggest that each second can be experienced in many ways, as time drifts, bounces and rolls forward.
What the picture teaches:
Every second offers many opportunities.
The insights gained:
These words of wisdom make me smile:
- The future is always beginning now. Mark Strand
- The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God. Emmet Fox
- My last defense / Is the present tense. Gwendolyn Brooks
- The here and now is all we have, and if we play it right it’s all we’ll need. Ann Richards
These ‘Paths to Joy’ are adapted from The Treasure Chest, an old book I found years ago. Page 117 contained “The Twelve Rules of Happiness.” Of special delight is using paints markers and ink to illustrate meditations inspired by this wisdom. The technique is adapted from the book Visual Journaling, Going Deeper Than Words, by Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox.
The Illustrated Wisdom:
For information and to purchase the Paths to Joy art, visit Sandra’s Galleries.