Beginner’s Mind

It is hard to begin something new. So often I find myself over-thinking, planning, dreaming, making endless lists and I forget to embrace the present moment. I find myself waiting to get started, immersed in the constant hustle-bustle of activity, I just move from one thing to the next with little to no awareness. Right now, I call to mind all that I have to be thankful for- so many dreams-in-progress. I allow myself this moment to feel deep gratitude for NOW, for new beginnings, for continuity, for the many small blessings and mini-miracles that grace my days. I am thankful for the love in my life, for my family and friends, and I remember that I am loved and loving.

I often can become fixated on the desired outcome of my plans, the mythical grand finale, when I can look back and say, “There! I did it” or “Yes! It is done.” I forget the journey, I forget to bring joy to the unfolding moment and to the plans as yet unmade. So today I let go of my serious expectations, take a deep breath and let it be. I see my path before me and I am thankful for each step. I pause and relax and trust in the process. I set aside the burden of the finish line and know I will get there. I know because I am here and this is exactly where I need to be today.