We are only ever alive in one moment and that moment is NOW. We do not reside in the past nor can we dwell in the future – these places do not exist for they are just thoughts in our heads which distract us from the present moment and rob us of life.
Most of us are in LOVE with memories, ideas, and feelings of the way things used to be! How many of us are in LOVE with what ‘IS’? It’s hard sometimes to LOVE and live with what ‘IS’ because what ‘IS’ is sometimes normal, boring and routine which has us hankering after the good old days or looking forward to good times!
Thinking has become the most common dis-ease within our species! We spend so much time away from the NOW that we forget to live, to love, to connect to what is right in front of us, however mundane or routine our existence may seem. Our busy lives and schizophrenic mind activity have eradicated our ability to notice beauty and wonder, the father kissing his child goodbye at the school gates, the bird that just flew from the swaying tree, the sun peering behind the gentle white clouds, the innocence of the soul in the eyes of the person sitting across from you, the random kiss between young lovers, the hands of a child holding its mothers, the wind that touches your face as you turn the corner, the sounds of laughter, a hug, a smile.
I cycle each morning through a beautiful graveyard slowing down to glance at the headstones that lay before me. I say aloud the names of my brothers and sisters that have past on and I say “Hello” to them. I say we have not forgotten you because in remembering ‘you’ that have died I remember ‘me’ that must live.
In this moment I am born again where the past and future can no longer rob me of life, I am alive experiencing what it really means to be alive rather than thinking about what life was like or what it could be. This moment is all I ever have, to LIVE, to be FREE to say thank you for all that I have and all who I am because, like those whose headstones I see each morning, I may not get another chance.
12th July 2011