Be Here Now

A cool saying.

One person longing for another.

A demand.

I’ve seen it sprayed on walls and inked on flesh. But what did it mean?

An over thinker, I make simple things complex. Sayings like “You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” escape my mind, like water through fingers. What does it mean? Exactly that. The answer my ex-boyfriend always gave. You can’t have a cake and eat it, because once you eat it, the cake is gone.

Years, it took years to understand. Be here now. It wasn’t youthful slang, yearning, or a commandment. It was a call to be present. Now is all we have.

Where does your mind wander in stillness?

Reliving the past and/or planning for the future, never enjoying the present moment.

Meditation, a podcast, an Eckhart Tolle book and yoga. All of it unveiled that I was living my day to day life on autopilot, going through the motions, completing task blankly. Jumping from one thing to the next.

Take a beat, look around the room, name three objects, the colors, shapes, sizes. Take a mental note of what you’re doing. How do you feel about it?

If you ask a tree for the time it would say now. The past has vanished, the future hasn’t manifested. Now is all there is.

Ground yourself by being here now. You are alive and that is enough.