Being Present: What’s Now

Are you aware of what’s now?

Too often we focus instead on “what’s next?” But life happens first and best in the now.

What’s around you? What are you doing? With who? What do you feel, smell, see, hear and taste?

Sometimes the best way to contemplate these questions is to do less. Slow down and look around.  Notice and take stock.  Clear your mind and let “what’s now” take over.

What’s now eases stress, builds gratitude, and deepens experiences.  It makes life more meaningful and more enjoyable.

What’s now is the good stuff happening all around us.  We need only to allow ourselves to take notice and engage with it.

The video below is called Steward’s Tree.  Stay with it for a few minutes.  Then, with your own eyes as the camera, see what’s now wherever you happen to be.

Look again tomorrow.  And the next day.  And every day.

Video and music by Todd Fulginiti

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24 thoughts on “Being Present: What’s Now

  1. Stunning – thank you so much for the beautiful imagery and music, Todd. I always feel “trees speak” and your lovely post proves it. The snippets of sunshine amidst the movement of leaves and limbs? Lovely. 😊😊😊

    1. And it reminds me of Robert Frost’s “Live life like its the last breath you take for that breath is the whole essence of living, the little things in life are what connects us to all the big things we live for.”

      1. Dear Todd,

        I concur with Endless Weekend! Your post entitled “Being Present: What’s Now” is definitely timely and topical. One of my latest posts is of great interest to you and Endless Weekend, for I have distilled a great deal of observations and conclusions along similar themes. It concerns being present in the moment with awareness and (engaged) mindfulness. This highly engaging and expansive post is entitled “🔄📈📉 Change Rules and Moment Matters: How to Stay in the Moment 🔖🕰️🔂“, published at

        https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2022/08/19/change-rules-and-moment-matters-how-to-stay-in-the-moment/

        The said post opens with this paragraph:

        A spiritual outlook with a minimalist perspective on life that is conducive to happiness is often predicated on living in the present moment through mindful awareness emancipated from the vagaries of the subconscious and the itinerants of the mind.

        I have been improving the post even more extensively, and it now has even more features, including additional music (my own compositions) and even more illustrations and animations. This post also discusses mindfulness, meditation, spirituality, religion, Nature and so on. I welcome your input since I am curious to know what you make of my said post as well as your perspectives on those matters discussed in my post. I look forward to savouring your feedback there!

        In addition, you will be pleased to be informed that I have incorporated many quotations to this post. The quotees include Buddha, Thích Nhất Hạnh, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Werner Hans Erhard, Jack Kornfield and Elizabeth Thornton.

        Thank you once again for your pertinent and cogently written post.

        Wishing both you and Endless Weekend a mindful and suitably productive week doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most, both intellectually and spiritually!

        Yours sincerely,
        SoundEagle

    1. 😊 😊Haha maybe we are! Guess what what my name was going to be before my parents switched to Todd at the last minute….Troy! 🤯 True story!

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