Will it be toward our aspirations? Or not? This is our choice.
Do we just leave the day up to fate, and say “Whatever,” mentally throwing our hands into the air and resigning our power of choice?
There is a common belief that the past will pretty much set the course of the future. Do we question this? Perhaps this is not so. Perhaps it is the choice we make this moment that affects our future—more than we realize.
Are we expecting the past mistakes and betrayals to continue to blight our present—as well as our future? As Einstein has said, “Question axioms.”
In the Gospel According to Thomas Jesus said, “The Master sees the end from the beginning.”
How do you envision your future? Is there joy in the thought? Or pain and suffering?
The Buddha gave us a way out of suffering called the Eightfold path.
Skillful (right) intention is the first step.
Recently when I was at a meditation retreat I realized there was a gap between the way I actually lived my life and the joy I desired in life.
During these days of silence it came to me how tired I often felt at the end of each day. I suddenly realized I had not set an intention for the day, but had just done my best to muddle through and meet it as well as I could.
But I lacked the strength of intention to help shape my responses as life poured in and the day unfolded.
As I pondered this gap the following words came to me which I now read as I begin each day:
WHEN NIGHT FALLS
I don’t want to reach the end of another day just feeling relieved I got through it.
That I wasn’t “found out”
That I crossed off most of my “to do” list
That I “managed” the fear somehow
That I was able to stick it out
Instead when night falls I want to know that I gave love when it was difficult.
I want to know that I stayed open and watched how painful it is to be dragged around by the wanting mind--wanting it this way but definitely not that.
I want to know that I stood up to my inner critic and refused to let this voice tell my story.
I want to know I risked the discomfort of not having an answer, letting things simply be as they are in the moment.
I want to have noticed when my body contracted with fear and then felt the release of tightness through conscious breathing and relaxing.
I want to know that I found a sense of peace within the midst of each activity.
I want to feel closely connected to others and continue to enjoy the energy of love flowing soul to soul.
I want to have been seen and heard for who I am.
And most especially when night falls I want to have experienced joy in the small and ordinary moments, and feel gratitude.
Perhaps you might want to set your own daily intentions, depending on your aspirations and the way you wish to proceed in your beautiful life.