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It is August, the middle of August, and I just saw a display of Halloween decorations in a store. Halloween is two and a half months away...The summer items were being removed from the other shelves, and boxes of Christmas items were waiting to be set up. Christmas is FOUR and a half mnths from now. The 5th of July, back-to-school items were stacking shelves, and ads and commercials bombarded us. "Christmas in July," complete with carols, became a thing.
In a capitalistic society, with marketing onslaughts a moment-to-moment occurrence, especially in a major city, how can we stay present? How can we be the energy of the moment? We are constantly being pushed FORWARD.
The first step is to acknowledge that it is happening. Reducing exposure to media is very helpful. Being aware of what is around you; attending to seasonal things- watermelon, farm market offerings, walking the lakeshore, things we traditionally associate with our current season- fully experiencing all NOW has to offer without planning far out into the future. It's hard! "A Christmas Carol" tickets just went on sale, and we want to make sure we get them! Stress is created by focusing on the future, and comfort comes from just being present with what exists right now in front of you.
Don't borrow energy from the future. The future will provide its own, if you are present then. If you need to reach into the future energetically for happiness, something is not right in your NOW! Change it!
As Henry David Thoreau said so brilliantly: Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
If we do that, we will always feel satisfied. We can be grateful for what IS. Blessings!