Choices and the Power of Now

By Anne Malatt, Australia

I woke this morning feeling out of sorts; a consequence of how I had lived the day before. I had made some choices in how I had used my free time and in what I had chosen to eat that were not truly loving for me, and now I was feeling those choices in my body.

I was about to start giving myself a hard time, as usual, but stopped for a moment and thought “Why not just go for a swim?”. So I did.

Even as I drove to the pool, the loving choice I had made helped me to feel lighter, less sad, less hard, less dense.

As I started to swim I felt those unloving choices in my body – the tiredness, the heaviness, the effort to breathe. Everything was a struggle, hard work.

I slowed down and brought the focus to my breathing and my body.

I felt my breath entering and leaving my nose, allowing myself to relax and go deeper.

I felt my hands moving through the water, brushing past my thighs, moving through the cooler air and back into the warmer water.

I felt my body moving in the gentle rhythm I had chosen.

As I breathed out into the water, I felt the stillness, the quietness, the vastness of me.

As I turned my head to breathe in, I heard the sounds and saw the sights and felt the energy of the people around me. I let it all in, but did not let it disturb the stillness in me.

I continued to swim with myself, in my rhythm, breathing gently, moving in love.

I felt how I could have continued in the struggle, forced myself to keep going, to complete a task, to fulfil an ideal of what I should be doing, to “make up for” the poor choices I had made the day before, which would in truth have hurt myself more.

I felt the grace of just allowing myself to be, surrendering to the knowing of my body and its natural breath and natural rhythm, and how healing that was for me.

In every moment we have a choice, to treat ourselves with love, or not. That is a true treat. That is the true power of now.

156 thoughts on “Choices and the Power of Now

  1. I love the simplicity of this Anne. I often feel as though I need to ‘pay’ for my poor choices but this blog reminds me that I can choose love in every moment and the consequences of this choice are always beautiful.

  2. Simple and perfect Anne. I just read an equally simple blog post about a bath and how we are in it affects the water. This reminded me of that and is an awesome reminder of the very fact that everything is energy no matter where or what we are doing. Connecting to ourselves and allowing ourselves to be is really all we ever want!

  3. I love how you were able to go from giving yourself a hard time to the next moment where you made another choice. This is actually a profoundly useful tool. I’m very good at dwelling on the choices I made that led me to feel less than amazing. Even right now I’m not feeling my best…but your experience here is offering me an opportunity to make a different choice. Thank you!

  4. Yes, Anne. so often the choice we make is to beat ourselves up for being less the day before whether it be because of what we have eaten, how we have related to someone or an activity we may have chosen, but to connect back to ourselves in a loving way is a choice that supports our evolution.

    1. And beating ourselves up just sends us further off track! When we’ve made less than loving choices the way back to ourselves is by bringing more love and care to ourselves -not by giving ourselves a hard time and criticising.

  5. It is definitely the simple choice of making a different decision taking us away from the feelings of lovelessness to those of love, that can turn our day around. This lightens the energy we are in and allows the power of Now to be acknowledged and experienced. Thank you Anne.

  6. I love your powerful simple blog Anne: “In every moment we have a choice, to treat ourselves with love, or not. That is a true treat. That is the true power of now.” It is very worth it to share the true power we have simply because most of us have chosen not to feel it anymore!

  7. I find a very similar thing with walking Anne. It’s very revealing when I walk, how my body is, what I am holding onto and then as I bring my attention to my body and my breath I actually feel who I am underneath all of the holdings on. This makes it so easy to let go of this and simply take myself for a walk. My mind definitely tries to bring in all sorts of things for me to complete, but when I stay with my body all I am doing is walking not trying to live my day before I get there or re-live my day more than once.

    1. Yes Jennifer, I too find that walking can be very revealing as to where I am at. It is such a simple activity yet I find it incredibly powerful when I choose to walk in the presence of me and my surroundings.

  8. As I was reading your blog my body felt your words and it felt like you were taking me on a gorgeous journey which, in fact, is the power and beauty held in truth.

  9. ‘There is such grace in allowing ourselves to just be’ – this line really stuck with me this morning Anne. Learning to just ‘be’, and be okay with that, without making the tasks and to-do list the priority takes some getting used to.. it exposes that when we’re not connected or don’t know who we truly are, putting the being before the doing feels risky- and sometimes empty. But when we develop that connection to ourselves, by treating ourselves more lovingly and caringly, slowly the need for acceptance and recognition from the outside starts to fall away. The being comes first, and the doing is an extension and expression of all that we already are.

  10. Choosing to make that one supportive choice can change every thing. Last week I set out on a long journey feeling quite heavy and tired. About half way I decided to stop, take a nap and go for a walk to the toilet. I got back in the car and as I started off I was amazed how I was feeling. Something had cleared. I could feel a clarity that was not there before, a presence with my body and a feeling of readiness for what was ahead of me.

  11. I really get that want to make up for poor choices I have made. In my experience, it just creates a vicious circle of punishment and reward and even if I may feel better about myself, it is only temporary, and yes I agree, I often push myself unnecessarily and find myself in even more deeper disregard.

  12. Hello Anne and this is very true, “In every moment we have a choice, to treat ourselves with love, or not.” No matter what the choice before or what has happened we always have a choice to choose love in the next or in the present moment like you are showing. Where does the self critique or the regret lead? Around in circles to again create the same choice. No matter what has happened ‘bad’ or ‘good’ choosing to surrender to all that is there to feel is a wise choice. Having the awareness of the feeling will support you to not go around in a full circle to feel it again. We are here to learn but not learn in the current education model, we are here to learn about energy and feeling again. So with each choice look at it as a learning and don’t do a better job next time just let go, surrender to what you are feeling, appreciate all you feel and allow the awareness of all of this to sink in. The awareness is what will support you not to walk in the same steps again.

    1. Great lived experience in what you say Ray. I would add that the choice to choose love in every next moment, after a poor choice, is true power. It takes a bit of practice, and requires space to choose your next action wisely.

  13. Thank you Anne for this great and wise reminder of the power we all have at our fingertips, at every moment, through the choice we have to surrender to love or not. And how this choice is ever-present regardless of our past choices, through the grace of God’s love forever calling us to be at one with our love, with Him.

  14. At any moment we can choose to stay in the struggle or move to step away from it. I love that you were impulsed to do the latter and in doing so were able to surrender and bring healing to yourself and the repercussions of what you had chosen, rather than continue in the energy you were in and deny the deeper connection to you that was possible.

  15. Very inspiring Anne. It is such a ‘normal’ way to beat ourselves up for poor choices we have made. That is then the triple trick, making poor choices, beating ourselves up on it and then making even more poor choices to get it right. You show us the way to break this abusive pattern, after making poor choices, realizing them, learning form them, break them and go do something that is fully loving, appreciating and honoring to one’s inner beauty and your body.

  16. Anne, I can relate to thinking I need to ‘make up’ for my past unloving choices by just moving into something else that will make me feel ‘good’ and ticked that off… yet I don’t truly feel any better or more connected doing that. I felt a bit yuk this afternoon after eating too much and really felt to just vegetate on the lounge because it had left me tired, but instead I chose to go for a walk and absolutely loved it and within no time felt more myself.

  17. When I’m feeling out of sorts, the last thing I want to feel is that very thing – but if I distract myself, I just push down the uncomfortable feeling and leave it to be dealt with by my body. By being honest, admitting to ourselves that we do feel out of sorts, we allow those feelings the space to be acknowledged, and in doing so they’re released. Quite an awesome process really, and all starts with being honest and expressing – if only to ourselves – what we are feeling.

  18. Before I came across Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine I did not know what or how to truly support myself. I would watch tv in the evening, lye in bed at the weekend and shop for the sake of it, which were all things I looked forward to but I have come to realise were actually not supporting me at all but I was choosing them as a means of comfort to distract myself from committing to life.

  19. This is a beautiful example of how we can simply tune in with our body again and let us be guided by what is needed next. Our body is not unforgiving but very willing to come back to its natural flow.

    1. Yes Esther, it just waits patiently, it doesn’t hold anything against us, it simply has to take more time to heal or the healing may come in a bigger package if the neglect has been going on for a long time. Our body is always calling us back to be the love we are, and anxiousness and raciness just as depression and indulging are not who we are. They are expressions of the unease we feel in the body as we step away from love and we can take steps to rebalance them so they are no longer the dominant impulse in our lives.

  20. I greatly appreciate the wisdom Anne has offered here. That the power of now is so simply the choice we make each moment. Nothing more, but knowing it is everything. As the well of wisdom that resides in us all can only be accessed through our choice to live each moment with tender loving care.

  21. ‘In every moment we have a choice, to treat ourselves with love, or not.’ I love what you present Anne. It strikes me, in addition to your own observations, that our ever-irresponsible human spirits love to wallow in self-deprecation. Your decision to cut the self-pity and beating-up by choosing an enlightened and enlightening next step beautifully stopped the spirit in its tracks and returned you to your natural soulful state. I love it!

  22. It makes complete sense to me that when life gets intense, imperfect or challenging rather than give myself a hard time about it, it is far more supportive to treat myself and my body with even more love and tenderness and understanding.

  23. How often it is, that in the moment we most need to truly hold and embrace ourselves in love, we effectively ‘go the other way’ – i.e. into sabotaging behaviours that only serve to further disconnect ourselves from what we truly need.
    Absolutely beautiful to read of your honouring of yourself here Anne, and the depth of relationship with ourselves that is – if we choose – ever on offer…

  24. Thank you Anne for the revelation you share with us. It is so true that we will berate ourselves and give ourselves a hard time when we have slipped up but surely if we are love and come from Love then the healing is Love.

  25. Beautifully shared Anne, the simple reminder that there is always a choice in each moment to be loving and if we stray from this to not be hard on ourselves – to focus on the love no matter what comes our way brings an understanding and supports us to move closer to a deeper love and awareness in each moment.

  26. When we feel ‘off track’ it doesn’t mean we are lost forever – making a simple choice and movement back towards truth and a love for the body is all that is needed. This is a gorgeous example Anne, thank you.

  27. Perfect timing and perfect guidance. Sometimes the ‘off’ isn’t an enormous deal, it is a feeling that if we ignore can lead to an enormous deal (or not). Bringing it back to the body and the steadiness of the breath, the connection with ourselves is a great take home from this blog. Thank you.

  28. “In every moment we have a choice, to treat ourselves with love, or not.” Beautiful to feel the grace in which you held yourself in Anne when you made the choice to go for a swim, not reverting to giving yourself a hard time in how your body felt from the consequences of previous choices. Knowing we always have the choice to embrace love is very freeing and empowering.

  29. I could feel myself surrendering as I read the description of your swim. I too have sometimes got caught up in feeling I have to make up for bad choices. Now I simply ask myself what new loving choice can I make in this moment?

  30. Really beautiful Anne. It is about love and when it is not it hurts. So, instead of absorbing the world around us that is not love why not make your world about love, and change the world.

  31. This is beautiful not only because it shows us that we have a choice in every moment but how very powerful we are and that every loving choice is enormously felt through our entire body.

  32. Wow, this is gorgeous to feel Anne, from about to give yourself a hard time to then making a loving choice to support yourself, a great reminder for me and many more people, thank you

  33. It is lovely to re-connect with our breath at any point in our day, whatever we are doing, ‘I slowed down and brought the focus to my breathing and my body
    I felt my breath entering and leaving my nose, allowing myself to relax and go deeper.’ Beautiful.

  34. The importance of our breath is somehow overlooked by society and is not taught in the same Loving energy, as are the breathing techniques with a focus to at-least being gentle as presented by Serge Benhayon.

  35. I love it, we can support ourselves even if we do make a choices or series of choices that harm our bodies, I mean let’s face it, this whole life could be a hangover! Simply choosing a commitment to supporting ourselves in such a commited way can turn things around to lay a more solid foundation for the next moment, minute, day, perhaps even life.

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