#9: The Present Moment

Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Hi Folks,

Perhaps our life is more perfect than we think when we move out of our thoughts and into our being.

One of my favorite authors, Thomas Merton, wrote: “You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”

I can relate to this on this beautiful Saturday afternoon as I write this because of all of the conflicting information we seem to be receiving from the government and educational systems of which we all joined.

It relaxes me that I did not need to know the future or dwell on the past to enjoy the 2 mile walk I just went on holding hands with my wife. It doesn’t really get much better than that. It is my imagination that says there should be more and my whining nature to say that things are not good enough the way they are just now.

How much of human misery is self-generated by this insatiable need to know? How much joy are we losing due to our own addiction to being in control?

Today, right now, breathing in and breathing out, I am OK. The practice comes by remembering this need to keep coming back to this present moment.

Eckhart Tolle writes: “In today’s rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just being.”

My favorite visual of just this being in the moment is watching a dog with its head out of a car window as it drives along. It is a picture of bliss and I wish you all this bliss throughout the turmoil of these times.

To Being Present!

Apophat

Glorian


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