Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 61 comments

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Suzie Cheel December 13, 2009 at 2:48 am

Wow, that touched a cord. Am I living in the now?
After spending Friday with Abe and The Hicks in The Vortex , I know that I need to practice being in the flow . You would have loved some of the comments: Lighten up Humans which I feel is reflected in this clip. When we lighten up we see love within and without 🙂
hugs and have a joy filled Sunday

.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..Are You Living In The Vortex? =-.


Mindful Mimi December 13, 2009 at 2:50 am

Simply brilliant. I did not know this book/movie but I will watch it now.
What he says is so true. It is difficult to do every day with all the ‘trash’ we have in our lives. But I strive to do it as often as I can. Just be still, sit and watch – and learn.
Thanks Lance. Have a great Sunday.
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday laugh =-.


Barbara Swafford December 13, 2009 at 4:12 am

Hi Lance,

WOW. What a powerful clip. I’m not familiar with this movie/book but it looks to be promising on teaching us how important it is to live in the moment. Thank you for the reminder as it’s so easy to let the trash come in.

Have a fantastic Sunday!
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sexy Bookmarks, Toolbars & Time Savers =-.


Lisis December 13, 2009 at 4:56 am

Lance, this is awesome! I feel like you and I are very much on the same vibe these days (well, always really, but even more so lately). I spent the last couple of days reading up on Alan Watts, and his messages were very similar to this.

I remember watching this movie with a journal in hand, because there was so much of it I found comforting and relevant to my life… particularly, “Where are you? Here. What time is it? Now.”

Thanks for the reminder, Lance! 🙂
.-= Lisis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Inspiration from T. Alan Armstrong: Become Your Passion =-.


Stephen - Rat Race Trap December 13, 2009 at 5:13 am

Lance, this was so freaking cool. I absolutely loved it. The video clip does more than the same words on papers. Thanks!
.-= Stephen – Rat Race Trap´s Last Fabulous Post ..Are We Disconnecting From Real Life? =-.


Miz December 13, 2009 at 5:14 am

I am joining the chorus of those UNFAMILIAR with the movie—and am a little happy to be doing so.
I love discovering new things 🙂 and need to see the entirely piece.
.-= Miz´s Last Fabulous Post ..MizFit’s Favorite Things. =-.


Diane AZ December 13, 2009 at 5:23 am

Yes! The lady bug crawling up the blade of grass shows “there’s never nothing happening.” Wherever we are, we can look around and see “there are no ordinary moments.” 🙂
.-= Diane AZ´s Last Fabulous Post ..Shadow Shots – Hills =-.


Joanna Sutter December 13, 2009 at 6:26 am

I needed this. Thank you.
.-= Joanna Sutter´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday School =-.


Julie December 13, 2009 at 7:15 am

Aw, this makes me want to see the movie again! What an awesome impact to have the visual with the words… “Taking out the trash” is a continual activity. 🙂 Emptying my mind in every moment, so I can see all the “nothing” that’s always right under my nose means to me to be the observer and observed all the time. This really was so easy when I was a child, and I’m hoping it doesn’t take me a lifetime to remember how to be the practiced expert I was then. 😉 Lance, thanks for the reminder about Dan’s wonderful movie!
.-= Julie´s Last Fabulous Post ..Nothing =-.


Stacey Shipman December 13, 2009 at 7:16 am

I’ve never seen this either, but it is so true! We are so in our own heads sometimes we miss everything around us! That is the essence of Back to Your Senses – exactly what was portrayed in that clip. Magnificent, and thanks for sharing this today.

Happy Sunday!
.-= Stacey Shipman´s Last Fabulous Post ..There is No Failing When You Go For It =-.


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord December 13, 2009 at 7:24 am

That was a fantastic clip, and I’m so happy you posted it today. Watching it reminded me of exactly what the message said: the present moment is our only moment of power and when we’re completely awake in it, we can do anything. Being awake in it means seeing through the clutter of our distracted minds.
And I know that, for me, one way to do that is to meditate. Meditate. MEDITATE some more. (smile)

Happy Sunday to you, Lance!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..7 Steps for Climbing the Staircase to Joy =-.


Cheryl December 13, 2009 at 7:30 am

Provocative clip, Lance. Reminds us all to get “out of our mind” and into life!
.-= Cheryl´s Last Fabulous Post ..You CAN Find Time for A Retreat =-.


Jay Schryer December 13, 2009 at 7:46 am

This is one of my favorite books of all time, but I’ve never seen the movie. I was always afraid that it wouldn’t do the book justice. But after seeing this clip, I may have to check it out.

I love this line: ‘There’s never ‘nothing’ going on.” This is really easy to forget, and so having this reminder is a good thing. The more you can practice being in the present, being aware, the more peaceful and relaxed you become.
.-= Jay Schryer´s Last Fabulous Post ..Paying It Forward =-.


Lynn December 13, 2009 at 8:25 am

Wow – so powerful. And right up my alley. I don’t know about this book others refer to above. Tell me about it?
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Cheer, gifted and sparkling =-.


Tess The Bold Life December 13, 2009 at 9:01 am

I’ll never look at “taking out the trash” the same again. What a great reminder. The lady bug on the blade of grass for me was to really see the beauty of slowing down and being in the moment. Good thing to remind ourselves if we get sucked in to the “worldy” events: there’s nothing going on!
.-= Tess The Bold Life´s Last Fabulous Post ..Las Vegas Rock n Roll Marathon Finishers =-.


suzen December 13, 2009 at 9:14 am

Hi Lance!
Well this was phenomenal! I’ve been told by others countless times that I am clearly out of my mind – like this is a BAD thing! haha! I will continue to cultivate that! I’ve been called from enjoying the present moment many times as well with “Where in the world are you anyway?” and my answer is always “Right here and now – where are YOU?” I’ve gotten over being call a ditz and airhead – Nadia just wrote a brilliant post on this – and smiling all the time sure makes people wonder a lot………..I’m lovin’ it! Thanks for a reminder to keep taking out the trash! If we don’t, it can really stink up the present!


Liara Covert December 13, 2009 at 9:37 am

Openng ourselves to life is all we are invited to do every moment. We are invited not to close the self off from anything. As we embrace fully everything that comes into our experience, this reveals to us the beauty and miracles inside available to us. Hide from nothing. Realize youa re everything right now. There is nothing to fear. YOu are everything the ego-mind suggests you could hide from. Why use energy thus?

I invie readers to reflect on extraordinary lessons learned from Dan Millman in a Peaceful Warrior here:
.-= Liara Covert´s Last Fabulous Post ..What do love and joy feel like? =-.


Caroline December 13, 2009 at 10:01 am

Cooooooooooooool! What a great scene. Now I have to go and take out the trash 😉
.-= Caroline´s Last Fabulous Post ..Joy of healing =-.


Jenny Mannion December 13, 2009 at 10:09 am

Hi Lance,

This was a favorite book of mine that I passed onto several friends. Ray and I hadn’t seen the movie until recently and though we enjoyed the book better we did also enjoy the movie. There are MANY good lessons here and there IS always tons of stuff going on in each moment — not only that but MANY beautiful and awe-inspiring things. Being in the now, tapping into the love of everything around us is something I strive to do daily. Some days I am more successful than others – still got that human part of me and monkey mind that comes into play sometimes! ;-)!

Thanks for sharing this Lance. 🙂 Happy Sunday.
.-= Jenny Mannion´s Last Fabulous Post ..You Need To LIVE Your Joy to Heal and Feel Whole =-.


Zeenat{Positive Provocations} December 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

I loved seeing this video..and pulled my hubby to see it as well. Infact we started looking for the dvd online . I have surprisingly not seen this movie…but the message was so good.
This Moment….there is so much going on in this moment….we just need to be aware..with all our senses.
Youre right you know….we both are thinking in perfect synchronicity 🙂
With Love
.-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s Last Fabulous Post ..Human Experience {Inspiration from Helen Keller} =-.


Nadia - Happy Lotus December 13, 2009 at 11:12 am

Hi Lance,

I have seen this film like three times and it is one of my favorites. This scene is one of my favorites because it shows how much is going on at any given moment if we just look. It amazes me how people are often unaware of what is happening around them. One of the joys of going out into the world is to notice how much is happening all at the same time. May more and more people have that awareness because all that matters is truly the moment.
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..Never Make A Mother Angry…Especially Mother Earth =-.


Jannie Funster December 13, 2009 at 11:17 am

Never heard of the movie.

WONDERFUL clip! And wow — does this ever tie into to Zeenat’s post up at the moment about being in the moment. I just came from her site — where you were first commenter, lance. Synergy of love and light at work.

Since I am so fond of my new iPhone, I better not be getting out of the moment and pushed off a bridge into the water like that. That would void my warranty for sure. A real eye-opener, this.

I find myself sometimes rushing to what’s next in life. When I become aware of this I start noticing the little things of joy that are all around.

Here’s to this moment and pressing the Submit button in 3, 2, 1…
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..teknikel difikulltees by blue bunny =-.


Mark Salinas December 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I will have to see the movie…thanks Lance!


Lori December 13, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I loved, LOVED the zoom-in shot of the ladybug. Watching each of its careful steps was really awe inspiring.

Yes, this video captured a lovely thought – thanks for showing it to us today. Like many of your commenters have mentioned, I have never seen this movie and didn’t know it existed. I know about the book – but not the movie. I can’t wait to watch it!

I can use a reminder often to enjoy the moment and to “BE” in the moment. Thanks for shining your Lighthouse to us today – for reminding us of this thought. It’s such a beautiful and important one and coming from you – it just means that much more to me. Thank you, Lance.
.-= Lori´s Last Fabulous Post ..Nine for 2009: My ‘Proof’ List =-.


Evita December 13, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Hi Lance

Oh Wow what a perfect addition to your Sunday Thought of the Day! I watched this movie about 2 years ago now and it had such a positive and strong impact on me! I love movies like that… I love messages like that as they envelop my being and push me to grow even further.

Thanks for this clip…made me realize I wouldn’t mind seeing this movie again!
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..My Experience of Reconnective Healing with Jennifer Mannion =-.


Marelisa December 13, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Hi Lance: I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this movie before. The clip is fantastic. And it is amazing how when something happens to take us out of our mental reverie, our minds quickly starts to fill up again almost immediately.
.-= Marelisa´s Last Fabulous Post ..How to Make Yourself Lucky =-.


Lance December 13, 2009 at 3:12 pm

@Suzie – Living in the now…it’s easy to say we are, but are we really doing that? Makes me think, too, on just how well (or maybe not so well) I’m doing here. And thank you for sharing a part of your Friday with us – lightening up is such a great thing to do – and love and joy shine through!

@Mimi – You know, this was new to me when I found this clip too. And now, it’s a movie I definitely want to see. We clutter our minds, and miss out on so many moments in our life. Wow! I find that thought to be so powerful!

@Barbara – It’s new to me too – and I just loved this clip (so it’s on my list to see/read!). Our life is comprised of moments, yet how many do we miss, because we’re not in that moment?

@Lisis – Hey Lisis. You know, I definitely think we are on the same wavelength recently. Perhaps there is some reason for this, for the thoughts we have that seem to be intersecting? Maybe it’s just that there’s some comfort in knowing someone out there bouncing similar thoughts around, and maybe more. In this moment, though, I savor the connection of you, out there, walking a similar path in your mind and in your heart. It’s good having you here today, friend…

@Stephen – Isn’t this so awesome, the message – and how it is acted out! Words could not have expressed this in the same way.

@Miz – I’m in that chorus, too. This was a wonderful discovery for me, too – and for just really letting this scene soak in. Each moment, are we really in it?

@Diane AZ – The lady bug really is a scene that definitely conveys that there is never nothing going on. Wow! It really has me thinking about this very moment, and what is all going on around me. It’s hard to full comprehend…


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now December 13, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Love that movie! “Take out the trash.” One of my favorite lines in any movie.

When we clutter up our mind with junk how can we expect to be happy and focused. We can’t.

The only way to truly enjoy our lives is to be present in the moment. The moment is never really that bad or good, just what it is. As long as we can find a way to enjoy it, that’s true mindfulness.
.-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..Hard, Fun and Beautiful – Addition by Subtraction Edition =-.


Audra Krell December 13, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Ah yes, this makes me want to take out the trash, big time! I think Christmas would be so much better if I could.
I love how you teach and share things that you live Lance. You are conscience about taking out the trash and want to share the success with others, thanks!
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..Macy’s Believe =-.


Laurie December 13, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Really cool Lance, Thanks for sharing!


Lance December 13, 2009 at 4:06 pm

@Joanna – It’s good to have you here Joanna…

@Julie – The movie is new to me, and I just loved this clip. so…now I really want to see the movie! The visual example of taking in every moment I found to be really powerful. Couple that with the idea of emptying our mind for these moments, and wow! And what a great thought – about how as kids, this is so much easier to be “in the moment”. Another great reason to be more like a kid!

@Stacey Shipman – And I haven’t watched this either. When I stumbled across this video, I loved the message (and want to see the movie!). Back to your Senses is so fitting to this message – when we connect to our “senses” in the moment – we have to get rid of some of that trash to make that happen. Stacey, this message really does touch upon what you do…

@Megan – Hi Megan. The present moment is what we have. And how often is our mind cluttered with so many other thoughts, not fully taking in this very moment? Meditation sounds like a wonderful way connect more with the present moment, and to really clear our minds. Which reminds me…it’s been a while since I’ve done this…

@Cheryl – Great to have you here, Cheryl! Our life is right here, and right now. Are we in that moment?

@Jay – And…I haven’t read the book either (so, maybe I have a book to read and a movie to see). I really find this particular clip to be very powerful. The whole thought of there always being something going on has really had me thinking the last couple of days. Good stuff. Being in each of the moments of our life can really shift our perspective and connect us to that experience in new ways.

@Lynn – I’m not familiar with the book either, although I have now looked it up. You can find information on it here: And I really agree on just how powerful this clip is!


Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings December 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm

A great reminder Lance, especially at this crazy time of the year! Peaceful Warrior is an awesome movie too. I really should watch it again.
.-= Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s Last Fabulous Post ..Kick Arse Question – Favourite Christmas Tradition =-.


Wilma Ham December 13, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Oh, how one scene can say it all.
Hmm, it takes some practice though to transfer what I have seen here to the movie of my own life.
To see myself on the bridge and catching myself saying; “There is nothing going on here.”
Hmm again.
Good choice Lance, thanks.
.-= Wilma Ham´s Last Fabulous Post ..Context is King. =-.


Lance December 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm

@Tess – The lady bug moment really does touch upon how there is always something going on, and even the smallest of moments are still moments. Slowing down to really take this in is a powerful example of all that is truly all around us.

@Suzen – Hi Suzen. This is really a great video, isn’t it! And yes, continue to cultivate who you are (and so what if some think you are out of your mind). I get this feeling that you do well at being in the moments of your life – and that shines through in the joy you bring to life! And I did see Nadia’s post, and she was right on! And if she’s an airhead…then so am I!

@Liara – Embracing the moments, our experience, can really connect us to those moments. And thank you for sharing a link to what you have written about Dan Millman and his works – I’ll be sure to check it out!

@Caroline – It really is a great scene, isn’t it! Me too…time to get rid of some trash…

@Jenny Mannion – Hi Jenny. So good to hear of your experience with both the book and the movie. I have not read the book or watched the movie. So, this is really good to read. The moments of our life…they are constantly going on. Are we in them, though? And I know…some days it happens better than others. I think part of it is just being aware of this idea that we can clutter our minds, and miss the moment. Even if we don’t always get it right, being aware helps us to get closer toward that. Thanks so much, Jenny, for being here, and for sharing your thoughts. Much love and joy to you!

@Zeenat – Hi Zeenat. It’s a movie that is new to me too, and one I now really want to see. The message of how we clutter our mind and miss the moment is so well presented in this scene. And awareness really is a key to moving our lives more toward this space. And it’s great to have this synchronicity with you! It’s not the first time… Love and peace…

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. Reading how this is one of your favorite movies really makes me want to see this. Just seeing this clip was so powerful. I’ve been thinkig about how aware I am, and what I miss too. There is always something going on…that thought is portrayed so well in this clip. Awareness is a real key to being fully in the moments of our life. Nadia, thanks so much for your wonderful thoughts today…


Tim December 13, 2009 at 5:43 pm


Wow, what a great scene! I read this book years ago and saw the movie when it came out on video, but I forgot about this scene. Both the book and movie are great. I loved the director’s ability to show us (and him) all of the things going on at the park. So true. Thanks for this reminder and for sharing…now I have two kinds of trash to take out…the stuff from the kitchen and the stuff in my head.
.-= Tim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Weekend Musical Diversion: Adele =-.


Walter December 13, 2009 at 6:37 pm

I did not know that there’s a movie about this. I have a book thought and it’s one of my treasure. A very powerful book. 🙂


Rose December 13, 2009 at 6:57 pm

One of my favorite movies! (I have it on DVD, too.) Fully present, fully aware. So awesome. Another fave part:
Where am I?
I am here.
What time is it?
.-= Rose´s Last Fabulous Post ..Filled with Christmas Spirit! =-.


Elliot December 13, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Lance, Love the peaceful warrior. That entire movie is phenomenal. It is all about the present moment. I know you love the Beatles.. and John Lennon… there is a great quote from him about the present moment:

“All the bibles, jesuses, gurus, poets, and artists have ever said to people is that this minute is the one that counts; not tomorrow or yesterday. That’s the whole game. There’s no other time but the present. Anything else is a waste of time.”

I think it is a great insight that many teachers have always said. Let us all embrace the present moment, be grateful for everyday we wake up, and be abundant in our living.


Jodi at Joy Discovered December 13, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Hi Lance!
Watching this clip was so refreshing! I feel like I was just thrown into a cold river and made “awake” to this moment. Thank you!
.-= Jodi at Joy Discovered´s Last Fabulous Post ..Planting Seeds for the New Year =-.


lisaschaos December 13, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I have not seen that movie. YOu always make me think.
.-= lisaschaos´s Last Fabulous Post ..Birds of the tree (Macro Monday) =-.


Jenn Z December 13, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Wow, Lance.. that is really an interesting video! Thanks so much for the sunday thought! 🙂
very deep! 🙂 After the week I just had of learning a few tough lessons.. “Loving what is”.. and not trying to change anything ‘in the moment’.. this came right on time..
blessings, Jen
.-= Jenn Z´s Last Fabulous Post ..Whispers from the Heart’s Chamber: "You’re Not Alone!" Love is Your Companion! =-.


Davina December 14, 2009 at 1:02 am

Lance, this is an incredible scene. I haven’t seen this movie. This has blown me away… I’m quite speechless. Wow! Thank you for posting this. Can you tell I’m falling all over my words right now? 🙂 AH-mazing…
.-= Davina´s Last Fabulous Post ..Night Before Christmas — Rewritten =-.


Lance December 14, 2009 at 4:20 am

@Jannie – Hey Jannie. This movies is new to me too. And yes, Zeenat and I were most definitely on some sort fo the same wavelength! For your phone, maybe it is time for a waterproof case! Maybe for me too!! Noticing the little things…yes, that’s what takes us really into being present in the moment. Just like with pressing the Submit button…

@Mark Salinas – Looks to be a great movie, and several people here concur!!

@Lori – Hi Lori. The ladybug scene really does touch upon how there REALLY is always something going on. Even if we don’t always see it, there is. And since so many people have not watched this movie, maybe we should have a movie party and all watch it together! Wouldn’t that be fun! Lori, your words touch my heart once again, thank you for shining your amazing light into my world.

@Evita – Hi Evita. Thank you! I debated using this, since I’ve never used a movie clip for a Sunday thought. As I watched this one (a couple of times…or more) it just really felt like a great message to share. I also hesitated since I have not watched the movie. I’m glad I went with it, the message, again, speaks volumes. And, the wonderful reviews from everyone really have this on a must-see list for me.

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. I know! That was my thought too – surprised that I had never heard of this movie. And several people here have highly recommended it! And great point on all of this – it’s so easy to let that “trash” come right back in, and go from a moment where we are completely in the moment (like the bridge scene) to where we are not fully there.

@Karl – “Take out the trash” is definitely a great message! That “trash” that we let into our mind keeps us from letting the moment before us be fully taken in. And then the present moment is not fully experienced, not fully lived. And we miss out…on that experience. Thanks Karl!

@Audra – Hi Audra. Oh, I agree! Just think about how we might experience Christmas were we to be fully in that moment. Just like all the moments of our life, Christmas is no different. It’s a moment we experience…to what degree, though, are we fully experiencing it? Audra, I love that thought. And thank you for your very kind words, I am deeply touched by them.


Lance December 14, 2009 at 4:43 am

@Laurie – Hi Laurie. The scene here is really moving, isn’t it! Thanks much for being here.

@Sami – Yay, on the recommendation for this movie (I haven’t watched it yet)! This time of year does get hectic and crazy. And it’s so easy to let our mind fill up with other thoughts – and miss the beauty of each moment before us. So true…

@Wilma – This is quite a scene! So much is said by seeing this as to just reading the words. You are right, of course, that just because we’ve watched this scene, it doesn’t make any of this automatic for us. It takes a conscious effort to get there. Maybe the first step from seeing this is just an increased awareness of how easily this can happen – where our minds can so easily become filled with “trash”. In being more aware, we can then take little baby steps towards being more fully in the moments of our life. Wilma, thank you – that’s such an important piece that you have brought up…

@Tim – Hi Tim. Seeing everything that was going on in the park – those slow-motion scenes – really drove home the point of how much really is going on all around us. Powerful! I have those same two kinds of trash to work on, too…

@Walter – So good to hear your thoughts on the book – as I have not read the book nor watched the movie. Now I’m really interested in both.

@Rose – Rose, thanks so much for sharing your opinion of this movie. So many here have loved it – it’s on my “must see” list now! This idea of awareness is one thing that really draws me into the clip here today. Here and now. That is what we have – so that is where we should be…


Lance December 14, 2009 at 4:43 am

@Elliot – You are, of course, correct – this is not the first time someone has talked about the true importance of the NOW. What is really great about this clip, is how well that point is illustrated. Wonderful! And then to hear so many great things about really this whole movie – here in the comments today – including your own – just reiterates how well this point of awareness and being present are illustrated in the “Peaceful Warrior”. And thank much for the quote you shared – so fiiting!

@Jodi – Hi Jodi. I hear you on that thought of how this felt like I was being thrown into the waters of awakeness upon watching this scene. It’s such a powerful scene to really drive home this idea of how we let so much “trash” into our minds and then lose focus of the moments in our life.

@Lisa – I haven’t watched this movie either…and it looks so good.

@Jenn Z – Hi Jenn. Reading your words, know that it’s so good to hear that this was there at a time when you needed to see it. I think that so much in our life happens for a reason, and this may just be part of that. Jenn, know that you are a light into the world, and I only encourage to keep doing that as I have beautifully witnessed…

@Davina – I know! This really is so, so well done. The “taking in” of the moments really was so eye opening. What is out there, right now, going on? In your world. In my world. Amazing most definitely…


Evelyn Lim December 14, 2009 at 9:44 am

How interesting! I have not watched the movie before. I am intrigued. Thanks for sharing it!

Have an awesome week ahead!
.-= Evelyn Lim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Goenka Vipassana Meditation: Your Body As An Laboratory =-.


Sagan December 14, 2009 at 10:40 am

Great reminder to live in the present and SEE everything around us. There is so much that we fail to observe in life because we’re “too busy” or distracted. Thanks, Lance.
.-= Sagan´s Last Fabulous Post ..Life Lessons: The Case of the Cookie Calling My Name =-.


Jeanne December 14, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Thanks for sharing
Merry Christmas

Fear less, hope more.

Eat less, chew more.

Whine less, breathe more.

Talk less, say more.

Love more, and all good things will be yours.

~Swedish proverb
.-= Jeanne´s Last Fabulous Post ..Penguins =-.


Talon December 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Lynn said I should check out this post and I’m glad I did. Our minds are the masters of the art of distraction, but it’s so worth the effort to simply be. Wonderful reminder, Lance!
.-= Talon´s Last Fabulous Post ..Life and Death in Aisle 26 =-.


Jason of Kim & Jason December 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Love this movie. Love this quote in response to “You’re out of your mind!”…

“It took a lifetime of practice.”

Another of my favorite quotes also comes form that movie:

“Death isn’t sad. What’s sad is how few people really live.”
.-= Jason of Kim & Jason´s Last Fabulous Post ..What To Do When You Encounter a Jerkbutt =-.


J.D. Meier December 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm

There’s never nothing going on …

It’s one of my favorite movies. I ended up writing a bunch of lessons learned from peaceful warrior. For such a short, simple movie, I was surprised by how many take aways there are (if you take out the trash and notice the moment 😉
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..What 25 Holiday Classics Teach Us About Life and Fun =-.


Lance December 14, 2009 at 9:23 pm

@Evelyn – It is really interesting, especially in that the message of emptying the trash from our mind is so well illustrated in this clip. Powerful! It’s great to see you here, Evelyn! You too, have a great week!

@Sagan – Hi Sagan. We DO get so busy that we miss the “moments” of our life. This clip shows that so well. And that really drives the point home…

@Jeanne – Thank you, Jeanne, for being here. And a very Merry Christmas to you, too. I love the proverb you have shared, and will hold it with me as I go forth this week. Thank you.

@Talon – Hi Talon. And this movie clip just display the message of simply “being” in the moment so well. The slow motion look at everything going on around the scene did it for me – and has made me really think the last couple of days as to all that is going on right here and now, in front of me.

@Jason – I love that line too! Especially the reply of “It took a lifetime of practice”. It takes practice to get to that point of really being in the moments of our life. There are so many distractions that can keep us from that, if we let them. And I love the other line from the movie you have shared, too – so true, are we really “living”, or are we just existing?

@J.D. Meier – This scene alone is has so much in it. The idea of being in the moment, of emptying our mind of the clutter, of really experiencing all that is going on around us. And it is all shown so well – and easy to see the lessons in those moments of the film.


Patricia December 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm

I have read the book and watched the movie and used Dan’s book to help folks understand Numerology and how they can make a team in marriage…I could not get the clip to run….but can probably find the part in my well worn book…

This produced a lot of comments about reading and being in the moment…and the trash..that must always be a great sign.
.-= Patricia´s Last Fabulous Post ..Donuts, Coffee and the Wisdom of Daughters =-.


Wendi Kelly December 15, 2009 at 9:31 am

Great clip. I have that book, read it a few times and have seen the movie and it always provides a great reminder to get back in the moment and focus.

Focus seems to be the theme of the day and such an important one as we run around getting ready for the holidays. THanks!!


Angelia December 15, 2009 at 12:06 pm

What a powerful and moving piece. Life can be such a constant motion, but to slow down, and really seek it. I guess it is a bit crazy isn’t it? Taking out the trash has never felt so good. Thanks Lance!
.-= Angelia´s Last Fabulous Post ..Festive Ride aboard the Jeep Express =-.


Lance December 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm

@Patricia – I’m sorry to hear you had trouble with the video. I just tried it again, and it appears to be working fine. And the idea of a well worn book tells me you have found much use for the material in “Peaceful Warrior”. So good to hear. Getting that trash out of our mind really clears space up for the moments of our life.

@Wendi – Focusing on the moment…so good to keep in the forefronts of our minds during the rush that seems to accompany the holiday season. Focusing on the moment, and on really being present – can put the holidays in a whole new perspective…

@Angelia – I know! I’m not all that fond of taking out the trash normally. This “trash” is really good to get out, and I’ve found myself really focusing on this the last few days. And when I do, I really do become more “in the moment”. And that really does feel good!


Natalia Burleson December 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Hey Lance,
I don’t know this movie, but I love Nick Nolte. 🙂 The message of the movie is so true. What did he say, there is never not nothing going on…or something like that. So true. My best days, my happiest days are the days that I take time and enjoy how long it takes my son to get into his car seat! Those are the days that I’m truly living in the present and enjoying his little ritual, him noticing everything, without a care in the world. Good times! As usual Lance, I’m very grateful for your Sunday thoughts!!

Hope that you are doing well my friend!!!!
Natalia 🙂


Robin Easton December 16, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Hey my dear friend. I just stopped over to wish you a truly memorable and peaceful holiday season. I am taking from 17 until the 23 away from the computer completely. I need the break and to rest my eyes and brain.

I also want to thank you Lance for including me in your life. I treasure all our interactions and your beautiful wisdom and heart. You add so much to my life, more than you know. And what you add means the world to me, as do you.

Also, I loved this clip. With each passing year, I have REALLY learned what it means to live in the moment. It’s where EVERYTHING happens. It’s the ONLY place that ANYTHING happens. These days I live in a continual state of “high” simply from living in the moment. And I savor it ALL. Bless you my dear sweet friend. Know that you are loved and seen…and soooo appreciated. I wish lots of laughter with you kids and wife over Christmas. Robin
.-= Robin Easton´s Last Fabulous Post ..Share Your Legacy? =-.


Mike Foster December 20, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season and amazing 2010!

Happy Holidays from livelife365
.-= Mike Foster´s Last Fabulous Post ..Happy Holidays =-.


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