“Present-moment living, getting in touch with your now, is at the heart of effective living. When you think about it, there really is no other moment you can live. Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives.” Wayne Dyer
The concept that the present moment has all that we need has been confusing to me. I am now, however, at peace with it.Thich Nhat Hanh‘s quote resonates with me. “Find joy and peace in this very moment.”
If I didn’t have all that I need in this very moment, I would not be breathing. I would not be thinking. I would not be analyzing. I would not be here writing.
I find great peace when I can be here.
I’m not worried about my loss yesterday. I’m not worried about what I need tomorrow.
Many years of practice have not perfected my ability to stay present. I don’t often look back, but I can easily leap into the future. I can plan. I can calculate. I can anticipate.
Nothing is better than this moment.
“Patience is the training in abiding with the restlessness of our energy and letting things evolve at their own speed.” Pema Chodron
“The practice of patience guards us against losing our presence of mind. It enables us to remain undisturbed, even when the situation is really difficult. (…) rather than being driven by our disturbing emotions.” Dalai Lama
“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” Joyce Meyer
The waiting game is difficult until I settle down and learn the rules. Really, they are the same as the rules of life.
1. The present moment is all I have. I am happiest when I can relax in it and not waste it on worry or fast-forwarding.
2. It is what it is. No amount of mental and emotional machinations will change what it is.
3. Whatever the outcome – good news/bad news – he calls/he doesn’t call – it arrives/it doesn’t arrive..I will deal with it. I am capable and strong and can be flexible.
4.The best I can do for myself is to continue my life as I would do if I weren’t waiting.
Remembering the rules is the trick, isn’t it?
Listening to Deepak Chopra’s meditation on Creating Abundance reminded me: always give what I most desire.
Generosity with material abundance is a wonderful thing. Generosity of spirit is more precious to me. It will carry me through all aspects of my life.
Being a “giving” person has many connotations for me. I can’t tell you why in the past it has conjured up more bad images than good, perhaps I related it to times I have given with less than a whole heart. Or I have associated giving with the tight-lipped martyrdom of less than generous people in the church of my youth. I only know that I want a broader definition for myself.
I want to remember that when I feel unloved and underappreciated I need only give love and appreciation to those in my life.
I want to greet life with open arms, looking for that person or purpose that needs my embrace.
I want to unclench my spiritual fists and let the energy of the universe flow from my fingers.
It’s another choice in life, isn’t it? It is a learned response from a heart that is cracked open, spilling out on the world. Here I am, grateful for the opportunity to give what I am fortunate to have – a spirit of love.