Saturday Serenity: The “Now Thing”

Here it is, Saturday morning, and as per my usual I am but an arm’s stretch away from my strategically placed ginormous mug of coffee!

You know, I had the nicest day this past week.  I decided to take myself for a ‘wander’!  With phone in hand, I literally walked around downtown Chicago with absolutely no specific destination in mind.  The only things I wanted to accomplish were to take a few photos, get some exercise, and well, okay stop by my favorite chocolate shop (after the exercising, of course)!

At first it seemed a bit ‘strange’ to simply walk around without a place to go or a time to be there.  Usually when I find myself in downtown Chicago it is for a specific reason.  I am downtown all the time, but always hurrying (like everyone else in this busy city) from one place to another.

And so, I began to stroll.  I strolled past all kinds of amazing architecture; however, this time guess what I did? I looked at it!  I looked up, I looked across, and down and over, and well, you get the picture! Speaking of picture, the above picture was taken on my merry little journey-less journey.  It is taken on the Michigan Avenue Bridge, and below is the Chicago River (you know, the one they dye green for St. Patrick’s Day that I recently posted about).  The two funny-shaped buildings are the, “Marina Towers”, a.k.a. the, “CornCob Buildings”.

But here is my take-away of my adventure (besides some photos and dark chocolate covered somethings).  I was in the moment.  I was actually present in the here and now.  How often do we think about yesterday, last week, ten years ago, and miss that which is literally smack-dab in front of us.  I do this constantly.  I also think about tomorrow, next week, ten years from now; you get the picture.

Being in the moment, as the brilliant author Eckhart Tolle tells us in his book, “The Power of Now”:

“Nothing has happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.”

It is so difficult to do but yet so incredibly freeing and rewarding.  I think that is what I was experiencing when I took the photo in this post.  I was standing on the bridge, taking a mental note of the wind, the sun, the tour boat that was just about to float by, when I realized that being in that moment was precisely what I was doing! I laughed a quiet laugh at being aware of being aware! Hehehehehe

It might sound silly, but for me it was delightful.  We have enough in our lives that we deal with, worry about, have obligations, situations, and the proverbial list goes on and on.  But I think I am going to try the ‘now thing’ a lot more often.  Observing and being mindful of the experience is so much better than looking at something incredibly amazing, only to find yourself wondering if you have butter in the fridge for tonight’s baked potatoes.

I’d like to send a wee challenge out to you.  Give the ‘now thing’ (as I am calling it) a try.  Even for a few minutes; please let me know how it goes.  As for me, why, I’ll be doing the ‘now thing’ noticing how incredibly delicious these chocolates are tasting!

  27 comments for “Saturday Serenity: The “Now Thing”

  1. March 25, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Beautiful write Cher.. and Eckhart Tolle’s Book the Power of Now is a magnificent read, really inspiring .. Its one on my own book shelves.. 🙂 Enjoy the Power of Now in every moment.. for its the only Moment we Live in that moment of Now..
    Sending thoughts for a Peaceful weekend. Sue 🙂

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    • March 25, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Why thank you so much, dear Sue! Oh do you? I have it as well, along with, “Practicing the Power of Now”. You are totally correct; that is what we have! And to you as well; many blessings, Sue! Cher xo

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  2. March 25, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    It’s relaxing to walk with no particular destination. ❤

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  3. March 26, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Good example of mindfulness! I’ve just been having an ongoing conversation lately about remembering to be mindful and let the good times sink in so this is eerily timely.
    P.S. I thought of a photo I’d love to see, please, though I may be too late this year — and I’m remembering something long ago that may have changed. University Hall at NU (the Disney castle one near the spot where Sheridan curves back north past the campus) used to have a lawn of purple and white crocuses blooming in early spring and for some reason lately I’ve been thinking often about how lovely that was. Only if it’s no trouble and something easy — some of your shots make me think you must live or take walks somewhere not far from there near the lake… but if it’s way out of the way please don’t bother to do it. Thanks, Leigh

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    • March 26, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Well my dear Leigh, I am glad that the post is timely! I always love when things are sycnronistic, don’t you? Let me see what I can do about that photo! I’m in Evanston a lot! Cher xo

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  4. March 26, 2017 at 5:18 am

    I’m here, NOW. Love the photo. Takes me back to our time in Chicago. Such an iconic location.

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    • March 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Love it, David! Ah, I am sure it does from your NWU days! It truly is an iconic location. I’m glad I “NOWed” it! 😉 Cher xo

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  5. March 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I agree, it’s very difficult at times to live in the moment. As they say, it’s all about enjoying the journey. I was really impressed by the architecture in Chicago and took some similar pics to yours too!

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    • March 26, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      It sure is, isn’t it, Chris? This city’s architecture is absolutely incredible. Oh did you? Very cool! Cher xo


  6. March 27, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I know what you mean Cher; sometimes I go out without wearing a watch and without a phone. I am then not governed by any time constraints. The time zone I am in belongs to me, I am in the present.

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  7. March 28, 2017 at 1:57 am

    I have been working on this for the last three years (meditating with Headspace), I only succeed a little of the time – but it is wonderful and worth it.


  8. April 3, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Beautiful Cher! A quote I used in my post today- “We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future; (people) of discernment deal only with the present moment.” Chanakya (well, he said ‘men’ but I prefer ‘people’!). A challenging but truly important concept I think! Love that you took the time to wander and found yourself truly in the now. Much love.x

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    • April 3, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Hi Laura! It is wonderful to hear from you! I love that quote! Yes, I agree completely! It’s very powerful when we can do it! I had such a nice time on my wandering! *LOL* Much love to you, too! Thank you! cher xo

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  9. josypheen
    August 6, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I agree with you completely Cher! There is nothing better than going for a wander when you don’t have a particular place to go. This sounds like a perfect chilled afternoon. 🙂

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    • August 6, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Why thank you, Josy! I know you can relate which is why I love your blog so much! Ah, it certainly was just that, Josy! Cher xo

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  10. Unbound Roots
    August 6, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Beautiful post! I’ve read that children are able to observe things that adults cannot simply because their minds are in the “here and now”. They can step outside and spot birds they hear singing quicker than adults can, they find change on the side of roadsides with ease, and they find pleasure in small things. Why? Because they don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow, things they have to get done, the deadlines that are looming, or where they have to be in 20 minutes. I’m glad you were able to be present on your day in Chicago. I’m trying to see the world through “the eyes of a child” more often too. Thanks for sharing!

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    • August 6, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Why thank you so much! Oh yes, I’ve often heard that it is so important for us to be ‘childlike’ (not, ‘childish’) when looking at our world. I love living in Chicago; I am always in awe of this magnificent, American city! Yes, seeing the world through, “the eyes of a child” is such an enlightening experience! I’m so pleased to hear you are trying to do this more often! Thank you so much for your wonderful words my dear! Cher xo

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  11. August 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I really need to do this more often. I’m always about what’ll happen next rather than just being in the “now”. I accept your challenge!

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    • August 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      I am sooooo glad you are accepting my challenge, Hayley! Yeay!!! Thank you! Cher xo

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