We so often are just waiting for that next moment, the next event.
Using the words, “Nothing happens next,” has brought me back from obsessive worrying about and planning for the next and the next and the next.
I had lived life waiting for the second shoe to drop. And dreading what might befall.
What I now realize is that nothing happens NEXT. When the future arrives it will be NOW. There really is no “next” in this sense. So I relaxed and continue the practice of reminding myself of this great truth.
And the good part is that the NOW is enough. It’s all we’ve ever had, and here we are. Still here.
We’ve always lived in the now, not the next.
That which sustains us lives in this moment. We can rely on it. It brought us here, and gave us all we needed. Maybe not all we wanted, but all we really needed to get here, to this place.
And yes, we plan. We make plans in the present moment. Of course there is a future, but when it arrives it will be now. And plans are sometimes necessary.
Living in the NOW helps us let go of worry. Just this moment. This is all we need to take care of. Just “let go,” relax into the now.
Right now we are here and each of us have arrived at this place by the way of major hurts, traumas, deep disappointments as well as great and happy experiences!
And we all have memories, some delightful, and some not so.
But this is now, not then. It’s a new moment, filled with the mystery of the promise of what could be.
What thoughts and actions would be helpful? What is it we are meant to do?
The truth is that this moment is absolutely overflowing with all that we need including ideas to nourish and sustain us.
Jesus taught that worry about the future was not to be indulged in because the future, when it arrives, will take care of itself.
We don’t need to worry about tomorrow. Worry strangles.
According to Webster the root meaning of worry is “to strangle.”
Do we really want to strangle those we worry about, or our future?
So, this moment, if you’d like to relieve yourself of overwhelm or anxiety just breathe, relax. Lower those shoulders. Relax your neck muscles.
Soften the muscles in your scalp, your cheeks, your eyes and your mouth. Yes, even give your tongue a rest.
This moment gives you the breath you need, the energy you need, the awareness you need, and any ideas for that which wants to be born.
This moment you are being held in the loving arms of the universe.
You are being breathed into the next breath.
And it won’t be the next when it arrives. It will be the NOW!
This moment is a mystery. It’s not what we think it is. It is so much more. Until we get very quiet and rest in this moment, we won’t be aware of this numinous and amazing moment.
This moment overflows with abundance. It’s filled with energy. And it is just enough, with plenty left over.
What we find in this stillness—this seeming emptiness—may be small and almost unnoticeable, but it’s here.
By giving thanks and trusting this moment more each day, we too can say, “My cup runneth over.”
Your cup is filled right now. Life is for you. It could never be against you, for a house divided against itself cannot stand.
Nearly 14 billion years you have been here (in the now) in some form.
The stars have given you birth. And each moment of those billions of years was the NOW.
We don’t have to figure out the future—which is good because it’s impossible to do so.
There is a knowing Presence evolving within and around us that knows how to become. It’s been doing it for a long, long time. Let’s trust it.
This numinous Presence guides us into the future.
Deep listening for what is ours to do, and following the guidance we receive as we quiet the mind and open our heart to this moment is enough to occupy all our minutes.
What the future holds for you depends on what you give to this moment. This is your destiny.