This One Moment.

“If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.” from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Eckhart Tolle writes at length in his book The Power of Now about being in the present moment. He writes about how there is no past or future there is only this moment – now. Everything else is a construction of your mind. Your memories are a construction of what you believed your past looked and felt like. This may or may not be what happened, it is what you believed to have happened. Another person may have a completely different idea of the same event. We all remember and notice what is important to us. The future is your mind working to examine all the scenarios and actions that will get you the results you desire. Since none of these scenarios and events have happened yet, it is all smoke and mirrors. There is no guarantee that any of the actions, events, or situations you think about for the future will even happen. The future is an illusion that we hope we will one day be present to experience. Our lives are built on ever unfolding moments of now. You are now in a new now, and again and again. Mr. Tolle writes about making plans and goals – that this is a necessary part of a functioning life. It is when we are obsessed with the past and the future that things become out of balance. Our society is overly obsessed with the linear, so our minds are constantly in the past or the future. It is rarely that we put our whole presence and attention to Now.

It is pointed out to one of the characters in the book The Alchemist that he is obsessed with knowing that future. When asked why he wants to know the future, he says that men “always live their lives based on the future.” I think it is rather that mankind live their lives always based on the future that they are obsessed with making come about in a certain way. The character is given the above advice. How different would our lives be if we were fully present in this moment and were only concerned with improving it, whatever that looked like? In this moment you have everything you need, until that final moment when the transition is made to Spirit. Of course, I believe that in that moment we also have everything we need. Every moment takes care of itself. It unfolds and moves forward. In a book I just recently reread, one of the characters has a great insight. There is no use wasting energy on worry or anticipation of a certain outcome, for the decision had already been made. You can only react to the outcome when the need arises. So you might as well relax and enjoy the flavor of the tea. Plan your life, yet let go of attachment to outcome. Place your attention on the present and make it the best present moment it can be. You will be amazed at how peaceful and stress free a life you will have.

 

In love and light

Celina

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