When was the last time you stopped to realize the beauty of the present moment?

Via Rachel Brathen
on Oct 4, 2011
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It actually is this amazing. Every day. Can you feel it? Or is your mind somewhere else?

As you read this, wherever you are; take a moment to stop. Close your eyes. Breathe. Feel the beating of your heart. The sounds of your surroundings. The earth beneath your feet. Connect to this very moment.

Open your eyes. Know that wherever you are, whatever your life situation, there is one fundamental fact that will never escape you: you are here. Right now. Connecting to the present moment is the simplest way to recognize the beauty of being. In our busy lives, it’s also the easiest to forget. So remember. And give a silent thank you to everything that is. You are alive! That alone is a miracle.

Find your glimpses of enlightenment, and cherish them.

One of this year’s most magical moments. And me, celebrating it with a very present handstand.


Writer’s note: there has been no color or contrast editing in this video clip what so ever. It’s just Mother Earth, raw, in all her natural glory. Namaste to that.


About Rachel Brathen

Rachel is a yogi on a world tour. Born and raised in Sweden, she currently resides in the beautiful island of Aruba where she is busy teaching yoga at a resort in the mornings, coordinating retreats at noon, taking her three somewhat crazy dogs to the beach to keep up with the surf in the afternoon and trying to survive as a vegan (where no vegetables grow!) in the evenings. She firmly believes that life is not black or white – it’s black and white and blue and yellow with rays of pink and sparkle in between. You can teach yoga and still be a party animal. Meditate and ignore your spending problems. Be vegan and eat too much chocolate. Have a Swedish passport and live in the Caribbean. You can do anything, as long as it’s you! You can find Rachel on the beach, probably practicing her Astavakrasana, or on facebook.com/rachelsyoga.


3 Responses to “When was the last time you stopped to realize the beauty of the present moment?”

  1. Rachel says:

    i'm glad you liked it!

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