Live in the moment and find joy in every little thing

Today, I reconnected with an old friend. As we caught up, he asked how I was doing. With enthusiasm, I shared my excitement about the spot we are caretaking. Anders and I are caretaking a historic site that is a day-use area. It has some historic buildings, trails, and a lot of wildlife. Last night, as I opened the gate from our host site, I was greeted by the sight of seven deer across the park. I love these magical moments that remind me we are all earthlings. I know that my path is not more important than the wildlife, and we are all here together. These moments bring me so much joy.

However, my friend didn’t share my sentiment. He told me he hated deer, calling them “disease-ridden vermin” and warning me about the dangers of West Nile virus. His reaction was intense, and it reminded me of a time I didn’t live in the moment and was a product of a lot of programming. There was a time when I might have felt the same way, seeing the potential risks rather than the beauty, but that’s just not the way I do life anymore.

My perspective has shifted. After having a spontaneous Kundalini Awakening that spurred a major mental makeover and a lot of shadow work, I now find immense beauty in such encounters with wildlife. I relish these moments, fully immersing myself in the natural world. I stare at the deer, the deer stares back at me, and I always wish them well on their journey. It’s such a great moment to share with each other. I appreciate the presence of deer and other animals; they are a vital part of the environment, and let’s face it—I’m living in their space right now.

Living in the moment has become my mantra. I don’t let fear dictate my experiences. Instead, I embrace the present, finding joy and peace in the here and now and the moments—the scenes of my life. This mindset allows me to appreciate the wonders around me, from the deer at my gate to the simple pleasures of daily life.

Life is too short to be lived in fear. We are meant to savor each moment, to find beauty and wonder in the world around us. So, I choose to live in the moment, to enjoy the presence of wildlife, and to appreciate the incredible experiences that life offers. I hope if you’re reading this, you use this as a reminder to find joy in the simplest of things.

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