Well, life is “one thing after another,” but the darn is our interpretation, our commentary on life.
Actually it’s merciful that life is just one thing after another. This is the gift of time. It keeps everything from happening at once.
Trying to accomplish and handle everything at the same time is overwhelming, daunting.
The truth is that we only need to live one moment at a time. Just this moment!
And we have a choice. Will we live in this moment—the one that is taking place now? Or will we live in the worried and frantic thought stream that may be taking place in our mind? The worries about the future and the regrets about the past.
Neither past nor future are present moment.
Worry and concern are all about the future.
Blame and remorse is in the past.
If we only live in those two arenas we are not really living. It is a sort of pretense—a pretending that we are living. But it made up of a lot of storylines we believe. That’s all the past and future is. It is interpretation and commentary. Everyone has their own interpretation of the “facts.”
If we want to taste life deeply we will only find it in this moment as we enter it directly through the senses; as we investigate what is actually flowing through us right now. The body is the window to reality—to the soul. We enter through the sense doors, not through our imagination.
Wisdom investigates. It observes; looks around without judging. It is aware of what is taking place in this one moment—the one we are presently in. Through doing this we wisely connect with what needs to happen next.
If we are feeling a sense of hurry what are we trying to do? As Steven Levine writes, “Don’t push the river.” So what is this hurry about? What are we trying to get to? And what is wrong with the present moment?
It helps to pause, step back for a moment from our doing and pay attention to the breath that is breathing us. This is being.
Are we a human doing or a human being?
The breath is happening this moment. It’s real. We can sense it. This breath is nourishing us. As we pause and give it our attention we can reflect on what needs to be done by us.
Life gets simpler and more enjoyable as we make a habit of stopping often and questioning what our mind is doing. Where are our thoughts heading? Past, future or present?
We can choose where our thoughts go. Do we let them roam wherever they want to? Into any alley and byway? The habit of present focus can be developed.
So often we rush from one task to the next and forget to pause and thank ourselves for the work we have done. Perhaps things didn’t get completed, but we made some effort towards that end.
Effort needs to be rewarded. Especially intentional effort.
As we arise each morning do we set an intention? If we don’t have this habit perhaps we might want to start.
It is my intention to serve the universal energies which are greater and higher than anything I know or can imagine.
And since life only happens one moment at a time, I need to continually focus on this moment and pay attention to how my body is responding to it. This requires slowing down, breathing and noticing what my muscles are doing.
This is a discipline I aim toward. I practice with my daily sitting meditation, and by paying attention to the breath as I move about during the day.
Truly realizing that all we have to live is this one minute—not the next one—not the next day or the next year—we can relax more.
The breath that is entering you right now is a cosmic breath. It comes directly from the universe—from the stars. It has touched everything and everyone. It has health and well-being within it. This breath connects you to everything it has touched along the way, and will connect with everything it touches as it leaves you.
Nothing can stay the way it is. It’s all temporary. This is the greatest gift of all!
It means something new can happen.
Old worried states of mind may have been around for a long time, but that doesn’t mean they have a long future.
My intention is to serve. This is my cosmic GPS and it continues to recalculate!