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In Search of...the Moment by Hawkeye Pete Egan B.

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  • There are times when I think that I’ve found the truth
    There are times when I know that I’m wrong
    And the days when I try to hide my fears
    Bless the days when I’m feeling strong!

    - Ray Thomas, Moody Blues, “Our Guessing Game”
    Be it sight, sound, smell or a touch
    There’s something inside that we need so much

    - Graehme Edge, Moody Blues, “Departure”
    My mental D.J. is in a Moody Blues frame of mind this morning. These words and songs just came to mind as I was contemplating simplicity, inspired by Alex’s story “Birdwatching”. For me, simplicity means whatever it takes to live fully in the moment – no matter what I’m doing, otherwise.

    “Living in the moment” … it sounds like such an easy concept. It is simple – but not necessarily always so easy to achieve, or to maintain. It’s really easy to lose sight of what it takes to live in the moment. When you’ve been able to achieve it, even for just a moment or two, and spent some time there, fully in the moment…you know it when you’re not there. Getting back to it can be a difficult journey – but only as difficult as you choose to make it.

    One needs to remember to keep it simple. It’s not really as complicated as all that – it’s “not rocket science”, as they say. For me, the formula is quite simple, indeed. It usually starts with waking up at 4 a.m. This isn’t a magical formula or anything – it is simply what has proven to work for me. Somehow, it demonstrates my commitment to living in the moment.

    Once up, there has to be a mindful approach to what I am doing. It usually begins with a recognition of humility and gratitude. Of how fortunate I am to be where I am. Recognition that this is all a free gift – that I did nothing to earn any of what I have in my life. Some call this “getting on your knees” – not to beg for anything, simply in an act of gratitude and humility. This can’t be faked – but, I can remind myself that that’s where I need to be, and get there relatively quickly. Again – simple.
  • Sometimes, when I’ve found a way to avoid all of this, accepted excuses to myself of why I “can’t” do this, life has a way of supporting me in getting back to this place. I’m referring to the two-by-four upside the head that life whacks me with, as many times as it takes to get off the ego-train and back to this place, this moment, this recognition of what it’s really all about, and where I stand (or kneel) in the scheme of things.

    I can wander around, lost, for weeks, months even – no one really knows that I’m lost but me, and more often than not, I don’t even know it myself, as we are so good at kidding ourselves, at justifying this or that as to why we do what we do – but, in the end, it only takes a moment, a glimpse of truth, a recognition of the futility of living the lie, to get back to that place from where everything else flows. Back to the moment.

    It’s really quite simple….just, not always so easy. It’s always good to be back, though!

    A couple more Moody Blues number excerpts before you go on your way, into another day, into another moment. Enjoy!
    Our reasons are the same
    But there’s no one we can blame,
    For there’s nowhere we need go,
    And the only truth we know comes so easily.

    - Justin Hayward, “The Actor”, Moody Blues
    Isn’t life strange – a turn of the page
    A book without light – unless with love we write
    To throw it away – to lose just a day
    The quicksand of time
    You know it makes me want to cry…

    - John Lodge, Moody Blues, “Isn’t Life Strange”
    Photos: I took these in Iceland, 8/2010
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