In This Moment – 1 Year Later
It's hard to believe a year has passed. I remember writing this 'In This Moment...' back in Las Vegas, sitting in the shade on the patio couch, taking in the family news and changes...
Here's an excerpt from that post about simplicity and writing:
The practice of writing what's true for us in the moment is the practice of touching into our truest self. Our essence.
The prompt, 'In this Moment...' brings me back to myself again and again and again. Embedded in the prompt are 5 buckets to explore:
- my immediate surroundings
- the physical sensations in my body
- the emotions in my heart
- the thoughts and/or memories in my mind
- my inner knowings and deeper wisdom
When I write to this prompt, I never know which buckets I'll dip into. Sometimes it's all 5. Sometimes 1 or 2.
Here's an 'In This Moment...' I wrote last week, a few days after learning that my son Connor (14) was invited to join the Portland Timbers' Soccer Development Academy.
In this moment, I hear the sound of traffic behind me. Far away. Kep's voice is muffled inside. He's on the phone. The birds sing to my right and I feel the humidity in the air today. Connor just popped out to take out the trash. Three more weeks and he's off to Portland. I'll pick up his chore of taking out the trash. That sucks. Three more weeks of living in this house full time. That's it. Tears prick my eyes. How is it that his childhood under our roof is almost over? How will Maddie like life as an only child? I'm imagining our connection will deepen. Missing Maddie now - 2 weeks at camp and 1 to go. Tears. Feels good to feel these tears flow for both kids. Baby A and Baby B. Almost 15. Almost 15. How did we get here? Feeling my heart beat in my chest. Feeling tender. Feeling deep, deep love.
Seconds after I finished writing, Maddie texts: "I just did the best damn presentation about girls and self-esteem."
I smile and my whole body relaxes. Joy.
We can trust the truth of each moment.
We can trust simplicity.
What I love about this prompt, and this practice, is the reminder that life changes moment by moment, from the ordinary to the intense -- from joy and pain and fear -- and back and forth and up and down and around and around.
What an exhilarating, beautiful ride!
It's a year later and we're all growing in many ways as we adapt to our new family dynamics and new city. There's been joy, pain, and fear -- ordinary and extra-ordinary moments -- and in THIS moment, right now... I feel a calmness wash over me. It's 10:37 pm and I'm sleepy. Papers and notebooks are strewn around me. Carly breathes loudly as she sleeps. My eyes are heavy and my heart is light -- feeling grateful to touch the moments of my life through writing.
Want to write?
Take a pen & prompt journey:
In this moment...
Set a timer for 10 minutes. Or 5. Or 2!
Write whatever arises in your thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
Don’t stop to think or edit - keep your pen moving.
Accept ALL that you write - the pretty & ugly; absurd & boring.
Discover what wants to be felt, known, expressed, released...