There is a deep connection that occurs while watching pets and babies as they fully engage in the moment. While playing with our new puppy, Mango, it occurred to me that joy lives in that moment. There is nothing from the past or the future that gets in the way of simply experiencing life in the present moment. I call this my ‘Mango Moment’.
Mango was so busy playing, it was impossible to get a photo of her. So I grabbed this screenshot from the video I was shooting. Capturing this still image in the middle of the flurry of playful activity, made me realize that a simple photograph brought me closer to understanding the present moment. It captures the stillness in the constant flow of life, like nothing else.
During my years of searching for the present moment, I went to great lengths looking for a still place on the beach, in the mountains, in my garden and so on. Then I realized that the present moment is not still at all. Present moments string together and flow constantly like water, air and even time.