What does “being present in the moment” even mean?

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The idea of “being present in the moment” sounds right but can be a little elusive and frustrating when seeking to apply it. It can come across as though one should stop and have some sort of deep or spiritual experience. Instead, consider the possibility that the spiritual life is simply responding to situations as they require. If you need to walk from your kitchen to your bedroom, it’s not necessary to stop at each step and “be present in the moment” and have a “spiritual experience.” Life itself is spiritual and no moment needs you to do anything to add the spirituality to it. There are some moments, such as catching a beautiful sunset, when you experience deep feelings and feel a greater connection to God and life. But no not suppose that such a moment is more “spiritual” than walking from your kitchen to the bedroom. It’s only that the two situations were different, inviting two different responses. Your life is your spiritual path… every part of it.

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  1. patrick says:

    I have read some really good things from this man, and taken to heart a few of them. My 20 year walk with Jesus Christ has been angst ridden. I’ve learned to SEE God move in my life outside of my ‘study time’ as Jim told us. Thank you Jim!
    I have to be careful here however, as the Emergent Church has invading tentacles. My Christian radio station, KWVE (solid doctrine always) actually had Bono on, I heard. Excuse me! Study to show thyself approved! The last comment above concerns me, maybe it shouldn’t.

    in Christ,

  2. Lee Petersen says:

    Absolutely !!!!!! Thanks Jim !!!

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