Daily Painting: Out of the Now again;-)

Daily painting

Dear reader,   After having a wonderful vacation in the South French Ardeche, surrounded by magnificent nature, it was fairly easy to stay in the Now, as I’ve written about in the posts of this week. Yesterday, I worked a lot on my soon-to-be-launched online course, and it was very easy to get stuck again in ‘the Future’. When will I start the launch process, how will I do that, will it work out well, etcetera, etcetera. Eckhart Tolle says: as soon as you start adding Time to your life, you’re in trouble. You’re going out of the Now, into thinking about the future, worrying, or being over-excited (which leads to disappointments). Of course, you can use Time for practical reasons (I need to make a plan on what date I will start the launch process, for instance). But apart from the practical purposes, thinking about the Future is creating an irrealistic mental construction, and not a very helpful one. I realized this yesterday night when I felt more stressed and tight then in three weeks before. So I thought: okay, back to basics. Feel the breath and the inner body (as Eckhart Tolle beautifully puts it), and be present to the task at hand. This morning I felt like skipping the painting (because of the busy-ness and the lack of time). But I decided to take ten extra minutes to paint. And so I did.   Bye! Simone


  1. Dotty Seiter

    So glad you painted—look at the vibrancy there, the layers, the mystery, the free-play!

    I continue to be very grateful for your posts this week : )

    • Simone Nijboer

      Thanks, Dotty, I’m grateful for your responses 😉
      It’s true: this new-found focus on the beauty of the Now is re-inspiring me too!


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