July 14, 2020 Blog No Comments

I had an experience that helped me reconnect with what really moves me. It was powerful enough to make me stop, take notice and pay attention to how it benefits me. Later I noticed how it enhances others when they do the same.  This is the perfect antidote to the stress of uncertainty and tension we are all under.

I was at a friend’s house at a lake, sitting on their patio watching Great Blue Herons sail by, the Osprey dive for fish, the light dancing on the ripples of  water, and the changing colors at sunset. I was transported, suspended in time. When I came back, I commented that it was like I was on vacation. It was that restful and moving. I love looking over wide open spaces, like a lake or other vistas.

When my husband composes music, he says he has the same experience. He goes deep into the process and disconnects from everything else. It transports him to a place that is free of time and stress. It is his release and his passion.

Here are some of the reasons why you need to pay attention and reconnect with the things that move you. It is, in essence, a mindfulness exercise that lifts you out of negativity.


What made my experience so powerful was that I was completely present, without distraction. There was a lightness and release to the experience. It was completely without negativity. It was pure.

I’ve been rereading Eckhart Tolle’s, The Power of Now. He writes about the importance of being present, as it is the only way we fully experience something and how it keeps us out of the negative emotion of the future or past. As he says:

“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past and not enough presence.”*

Being present is the only way you can find the freedom from the thoughts and feelings that haunt you. Consider what moves you and find ways to reconnect regularly so you can be more present.


Being present with things that move you often brings joy and meaning. It adds depth to life. It’s not about just doing and being on a treadmill, going through the motions. It’s not about doing things because they are politically correct,  fashionable, or trendy, even if they are good. It’s about being real with yourself.

Finding room in your life to reconnect to the things that move you gives your life deeper meaning, vitality, purpose and joy. It might be an activity, it might be music, dance, art, writing, reading, deep conversations, a type of sport. It doesn’t matter – it’s what moves you. I love music, like my husband, but being on water really does it for me and in particular, canoeing is deeply transportive.


The more we reconnect to those things that move us, the more we become authentic. Our true self is born in this place. It’s not a place developed to impress or get ahead in life. It is the place where we are at peace with ourselves.

There is something reverent about honoring the experience of connecting to what moves you. It has a spiritual dimension, as it is a higher order encounter with personal meaning. If you slow yourself down and feel into it, you will notice how you are transported to a place that feels like home; calm, reassuring and present.

If you are needing a relief from the stress that is around you, try reconnecting to what has meaning to you. It doesn’t matter what it is – it is personal and defines you at a personal level. Notice how you become immersed in the present, how it helps make your life meaningful and helps define what makes you unique. Do it more – enjoy yourself.

Is this an idea that will help you feel better? If you would like support to discover what this means for you and learn to make these kind of inner connections more easily, reach out. My Transformational Life Coaching and Counseling is geared to help you make positive self-discoveries. Go to www.spectrumtranformation.com and use the Free Consultation button to reach me. I’d love to hear from you.

*Reference –  Eckhart Tolle,  The Power of Now, page 61, https://eckharttolle.com/books/

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Written by Connie Milligan, LCSW
If there is anything I’ve expressed that speaks to you, I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me at my email, connie [at] conniemilligan [dot] com