“When our soul sheds light to us we are in the present………..infinite, and not in the past or the future which are both finite, willed into existence” (ralph waldo emerson)
If we truly lived in the moment, as encouraged by Emerson, all moments would be as new. We would not carry into any moment our fears, our prejudice, our pain, our anger, or any thought that would rob us of the magic of this moment. We would give ourselves permission to be wholly present.
To be here now! To” be” is not to “have been”, nor is it the future calling. We can only “be” now. We are not yet our future and our past is gone. And To Be is to live with God. (also Emerson)
I remember reading Ram Dass many years ago and “be here now” became my mantra. I would remind myself as I peeled carrots, or worked on a project, or even just floated in the pool. Be here now!
I needed to remind myself to not lose the moment. And we all of us carelessly lose our moments as we fill them up with the past and the future. And of course we must not confuse losing our moments with being lost in the moment.
“Forget the passage of time……..Relax in the realm of the infinite and thus abide in the realm of the infinite.” (chuang tsu )
In the midst of joy and creation and stillness we often lose ourselves in the moment. Time stops as we lose awareness of self and are wholly engaged in what is.
Time disappears when we are so deep into what we are doing that all thoughts of past and future drift away and we are entranced. And of course time stops because time only exists in this world of duality; time is a created thing!
As we lose ourselves we are pure essence and we are then abiding in the realm of the infinite. This phenomena has brought us to our greatest knowing’s and is always a blessing whether shared with us by others, or experienced in even a small way by ourselves.
In those out of time moments we do our best “work”. We are mostfamiliar with these experiences as told by artists, athletes, writers and “heroes.” We do not have to be famous poets or artists to get lost in the moment. It is a conundrum that being lost in the moment occurs when we are fully present in the moment! To be fully present to our feelings is to be human in the best way.
Perhaps in our present state of awareness we are unable to maintain for very long these magical moments and sometimes we dismiss them as only belonging to others. We are the “others”.
Let us all nurture the mysteries, the divine essence of who and what we are. It is in these now moments that we do indeed live with God. “I AM WHO I AM” ……..-AM- is the present tense and that is where we want to be.
Namaste! emmy chetkin
The past is history. The future is a mystery. Now is a gift, and that is why we call it the present!
2014 is the Chinese year of the wood horse……a horse is strong and free and playful and of great service to humanity. Happy New Year!
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