This Moment. This Day. This Life.

Someone once said, “Life is simply one damned thing after another. If it is not this one, then it is going to be the next one.” Unquestionably, this is not the most upbeat definition of life, but it’s a valuable one because it acknowledges life’s randomness. If we look at life dispassionately, we can conclude that life is simply a succession of fortuitous phenomena. Just like the weather, so too life can be construed as sequence of situations that arise when conditions are present.

However, in the middle of all those changing and uncontrollable circumstances, we can still live a good life. If we accept that a good life is a collection of good moments, then we can do our best to notice, savor, and absorb the good moments of life. We can learn to pause and give ourselves time to take those moments in. We can learn to register them in our long term memory by paying attention to the good in the present moment.

Although this is quite simple to do, it’s not easy. As the saying goes, “It is not difficult to be mindful; what is difficult is to remember to be mindful.” If our minds are always in the past or the future, then the present is rarely registered. And if that’s all we do, we may get to the end of our lives and feel that our lives have passed by and we have not lived. This is sad, very sad. So the challenge is to try to live mindfully, being totally present with whatever may be unfolding, approaching each experience, pleasant or unpleasant, with impartiality and equanimity, while remembering that whatever arises also passes away.

So let us make each moment count, doing our best to mindfully notice and extract the good that each one has to offer. Let’s remember to treasure this moment because, in all truth, it is the only one that exists, the one in which we make the choices that ultimately affect the quality of our lives. So let’s be here, now, present to extract the good of this moment, finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, seeing the new in the old, and noticing all the stunning magic, mystery, and miracles in which we are immersed. Let’s pause and take it all in.

Let’s ask ourselves, “What brings me joy? How can I populate my days with the activities, things, people, and places that bring me joy?” And knowing the answers to these questions, let’s create amazing moments on purpose. Let’s create perfect days, deliberately. Let’s create joyful lives, intentionally.

Let’s create memorable lives by creating memorable days, and create memorable days by creating memorable moments!

Let’s do it… mindfully!

This Moment. This Day. This Life.

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.


 

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There’s a Time for Everything

There’s a time for everything, and everything in its time.

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There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.

~  Tao Te Ching, translation by Stephen Mitchell

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To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to weep, and a time to laugh
A time to mourn, and a time to dance
A time to get, and a time to lose
A time to keep, and a time to cast away
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.


 

Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com

From Silence to Peace

Every now and then I remember that peace comes from silence.

We should all cultivate healthy periods of silence and solitude in our lives. Great discoveries and insights come from these moments. And I believe the world would be a lot better if we all learned to meditate and if we all unplugged for a while.

Mother Teresa’s recipe for peace is five lines long. Guess what? It starts with silence.

 

 

The fruit of silence is prayer.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service.
The fruit of service is peace.

~ Mother Teresa

The fruit of silence is prayer. What kind of prayer? A silent prayer, a prayer in which we do not speak, just listen, a prayer that puts us in touch with our inner wisdom.

This silent observation — which we call meditation — allows us to see the intelligence of the Universe in action which, in turn, develops in us a calm acceptance that life is unfolding exactly as it should. From this acceptance, what grows in us is trust, optimism, hope, and faith that everything is OK and will be OK.

This faith opens up our hearts to love: to receive and give love. We develop the ability to see all the beauty, all the magic, all the mystery, and all the miracles that surround us. We notice the abundance of the Universe, and we realize how loved we are, how fortunate we are. We realize that there’s more than enough for everybody, that we always had enough and will always have enough, and therefore we don’t need to worry about not having enough. We develop a grateful heart, a heart of love.

This opening up to love moves us from selfishness to selflessness. We become less self-centered and more other-centered. We don’t ask “What’s in it for me?” as much as we did before, and begin asking “How can I help?” a lot more. We begin to serve others, to give, soon realizing that it is in giving that we receive.

We then open up our arms,  look up to the skies, smile, and whisper a silent “Thank you” to the Source of All. And then we rest in great peace.

The fruit of silence is prayer.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service.
The fruit of service is peace.

Think about it. Think about how your life would be with more silence, prayer, faith, love, service, and peace in it. Awesome, right? So what are you waiting for? Don’t wait. Just do it!

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.


 

Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

http://peacefulways.org/store/

Book Cover Image

– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

Pay Attention Book Cover

– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

Silent_Peace_Walk_Cover_for_Kindle

– “Silent Peace Walk”

www.PieroFalci.com