Begin doing what you love now. We only have this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake.
This is one of my favorite quotes about living in the present moment. It is a perfect quote on a day after a spring snowstorm, when nine inches of snow will melt under the sun in a day. And just as quickly as the snow melts, moments of opportunity also disappear from our presence. Are you loving your life right now in this moment? What can you do to make small changes that will make your life easier and more fun?
I have to say I love my life. Maybe that is because I have been afforded free time to be creative, to reflect on life, to write my book. I am enjoying the process of revisiting the year I was so sick, and looking at how far I have progressed in my health since then. I love being in contact with others through my writing, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share my life with you.
This week before Easter is a difficult one for my husband. He works for a church and is in constant motion preparing for all the special masses that take place next week. He is stressed, and even the day away from the office because of snow seems to have faded away into the background. I can see on his face the worry about how much he has to get done in a short amount of time. Part of his job is training everyone who will be participating next week as a reader. That means he has to find the time to meet with them and prepare them, and that can’t be done during the day when most people work. His time is running short.
One thing I know about my husband is that he loves what he does. Yes, it is a very busy difficult time for him, but next week, when all the pieces have come together and the community experiences something wonderful because of his behind the scenes work, he will come alive with their enthusiasm.
We do only have this moment. It may be quiet and reflective, or it may be hectic, full of lists and people to meet. But it is fleeting. This moment will be gone forever… in a moment. Whether you are suffering in this moment or rejoicing, know that this time will pass. So are you going to be present to it? What can you gain from experiencing this time right now?
Eckart Tolle talks about releasing the pain body by focusing only on the here and now. Just letting go of your story of pain can reduce your current pain immensely. And remembering that nothing is permanent can help move you through the difficult times. There will always be a sunrise, a new day to bring new perspective.
In the philosophers notes, Brian Johnson was talking about a symphony. “As the great Confucius said, ‘The one who would be in constant happiness must frequently change.’ Flow. But we keep looking back, don’t we? We cling to things in the past and cling to things in the present… Do you want to enjoy a symphony? Don’t hold on to a few bars of the music. Don’t hold on to a couple of notes. Let them pass, let them flow. The whole enjoyment of a symphony lies in your readiness to allow the notes to pass…”
Don’t hold on to the pain, the stress, the joy, the snowflake. Everything is passing. The goal of your life is to be in the flow, and let the experience of each moment carry you on to the next.
So today, as you watch the snowflakes melt, remember that each moment is an opportunity for you to more fully experience the flow of life.