“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.
A friend expressed her confusion about how to be happy. I told her that I don’t pursue happiness. Contentment? Peace? Acceptance? Yes. Throw in joy when available and I am happy.
So then I am wondering…do I pursue any of these? I don’t think so. And still, perhaps, I call it by different names.
Well, I don’t think I can chase joy. It comes to me unbidden. I cant only open myself to the moments as they open themselves to me. I am grateful for it and revel in joy when it comes.
And meaning in life is very important to me. Is my sorting anc culling of what is important in a day a pursuit of meaning? Or does my great pleasure in learning indicate that I am pursuing knowledge in search of some answer? When I corral my errant mind to the present moment and practic mindfulness, am I chasing after peace?
Is all of this the pursuit of happiness?
Bumper stickers seen on the car in front of me:
My first response was to laugh. My second was to smirk a little at the incongruity. And then I began to contemplate.
I remembered my “aha” moment when listening to Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron. I realized that my rage and furor about inequality, molestation, injustice…were just that…Rage and Furor. Suddenly I recognized that I was feeding violence in the world with my thoughts and my actions. And I am really not in favor of violence.
What then is my path?
To soften my heart instead of allowing my hackles to raise. To take a deep breath and decide whether there is anything I can accomplish on the subject. To live in such a way as to not unwittingly perpetrate those things which I am against.
I must have made progress; because I am back to laughter over the concept of being confrontational about peace. Been there, done that.