I am fortunate to be spending my Christmas holiday on the Big Island in a beautiful home overlooking the Maunau Kea Beach Hotel and the Hapuna Prince. We drift from beach to beach looking for turtles and dolphins and having a wonderful time. Yesterday my son and I made a dribble castle, something my grandmother taught my mom and her sister to do and they, in turn, taught me, my brother and my three cousins.
I have always enjoyed making sandcastles but yesterday I was reminded of how engaging in a creative activity in nature is perhaps the best possible way to be present outside of an actual meditation.
The dribble castle is made by digging until you get wet sand then dribbling the wet sand of your fingertips into a peak. Sometimes you dribble too much and the tower collaspes, sometimes what you inted to make turns into something entirely different.
A powerful reminder to accept what you get and embrace the present moment.
Maybe you've noticed someplace in your day where being present is easy or important. Please share. The more opportunities we see the more we can stay in the now.