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Power of the Now

Updated on April 9, 2016

The Pool

Today, sadness and frustration returns. I am obsessing over a past that I can’t change or control. I must remain focused on the power of living in the now. It is so easy to embrace the negative. A part of us for mysterious reasons tries to embrace self-criticism, isolation, hopelessnes, and despair.  I choose instead to let go and turn my attention to the life-affirming action of swimming.

The pool is 20 paces long by 10 paces wide. A green iron fence boxes it in on the left, and on the right a higher chain-linked fence surrounds it and the adjacent tennis courts. Bushes and ferns trimmed in red and green provide privacy along the fence line.

An A-frame house is perched on a huge orange earth-mound way above the tennis courts. I notice an American flag waving from its wooden observation deck. Oaks, elms, and pine covered mountains loom on the distant horizon directly in front of the pool.

There is a small Jacuzzi at the back. Rippling and circulating waters tempt me to jump in.

The summer Oregon sun in Cave Junction is hot on my chest and body. Dry, soothing heat emanates through the pale white and pastel blue sky.

The Jacuzzi stirs and spirals water with hypnotic motion. Dazzling, miniature spray fountains cascade sparkling light stars into its center.

My eyes drift from the Jacuzzi to the main body of the pool, which is beautifully framed by the billowy trees over the fence line. Multiple sun orbs reflect through the undulating waters. Woven light threads pulsate on the clear bottom with the mosaic colors of abalone shells.

The swoosh and splash of fresh, cool water, caresses my body as I swim leisurely through the pool with gentle breast and back strokes. This giant water massager releases all stress and tension from my mind, body, and spirit.

At the end of my swim, I remove myself joyfully and remain poolside. I bask in the heat of comforting sun rays, accompanied by a slight, gentle breeze and the seductive sounds of silence.

Time to leave, but with one last look around, I’m amazed to behold a shadow of a huge flying raptor in the center of the pool. Looking up, I breathe in the deeply peaceful vision of a solitary turkey vulture on a winged rendezvous with a hopeful future. I think I will go for another swim tomorrow.

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The Wish


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    • qlcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Eby 

      6 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Thank you for your kind words. You have powerful words to share also. Peace and Light...Gary.

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      6 years ago from Philippines

      Wow!, Its so powerful! this is one of those superb incantations that turns a simple experience into a delightfully attractive activity. You're definitely a great writer coach, your words are so full of life! voted up and beautiful!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      Wow reading this alone gave me a rare of fresh breath. Great story. Truly swimming relieves stress. Be blessed

    • Lmoovbuff profile image


      8 years ago from Colorado

      Very nice. Sounds like a nice place to be.

    • skye2day profile image


      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Hi qloach, I enjoyed your profile. Giving to others, how does that not surprise me? I thank you for the very nice video, I am listening now as I type. I love rainbows. Your visit to my hub was a pleasant surprise,thank you for the beautiful comment. Your hub is fantastic, I almost felt I was there. I went off into the moment Your words were divine and vivid, Very nice. I love spiritual experiences and writing about them. Did you read the power of now? That book was the start of a deeper relationship with Christ for me. When I can be ever so present it is truly awesome. I have to practice. I will return. I am in your fan club. God Bless You richly Cheerio.....

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      Rebecca Sue Mallory 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Gary-I needed that!

    • qlcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Eby 

      9 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Nice to be back. Peace, blessings, Namaste....Gary.

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile image


      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Welcome back, Garry. I have missed you.


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