It is so tempting to believe that with enough struggle, enough suffering, enough hard work, and commitment, we will eventually arrive someplace wonderful. Somewhere better than here… some place better than now. Some place where everything's completed, checked-off, and filed neatly away. But how do you react when you believe that thought?
For me… when I believe the thought that tomorrow, or next week, or next year will be better or more fulfilling than today, not only am I stressed and anxious and fearful - but I miss all the miracles and magic of the here and now. I miss possibilities in the unseen. I miss the simple act of breathing, and of being supported by my chair, and the floor under that chair, and the earth under that floor. When I believe some other destination or time will be better, I shut down to the now, which is the only thing that's ever real. The future is just a thought… the past is just a thought… is it happening? No. It's only happening in your head. What's happening now? Not today in-general, not this week, not what's happening with your mortgage or your kids, but what's happening now, right-this-minute? Life.
Life is happening now. Eyes reading, heart beating, body breathing, Life.
Life in the air in and out of your lungs, life in the trees outside your window, and the tips of your fingers. Life in the legs that carry you effortlessly across a room, and in every cell that makes up the miracle of your being. But we don't just live Life, we live Life + Mental Stories and that equals = Suffering. We leave our current reality and go into an entire world of the minds making, we try to cope and make plans for things that are not yet real, we try to change or argue-with things that are already done and gone, and we wonder why we feel torn apart!
Because we ARE torn apart in that moment. Part of us is here, where Life really is, and part of us is being drug around in the dirt by the stories in our minds.
But just for arguments sake, let's say that everything works out the way you want it to, you go to the place you always wanted to go, you get the things you always wanted to get, you achieve the success you always wanted to achieve, finish all the things you wanted to finish, and check off every last to-do-list item. Are you happy? If yes, how long do you think it will last? How long till' the mind finds new "must do's" and "must haves"?
I can tell ya right now… it won't be long.
There will never be any place you arrive where your mind will not meet you. You can't outrun it, you can't hide from it, you can't leave it back home while you go to Hawaii. As they say - wherever you go, there you are. So why not skip the middle man? Why not meet your mind NOW, and question it… why not set it free in the only time you can?
Why not come to the present and experience Life where it REALLY is?
Seems to me we might as well, since that's all we ever have.