Be Here Now
Help those you can.
And, be here now.
I challenge you to sit quietly and take inventory of the truth of your convictions. Do you already know it? Words have meaning, so let’s take a minute to unpack the essence of the word, “know.” Knowledge in the now is one way of putting it. Yes, you could read a new book each week on personal development, entrepreneurship, health, and wellness, or whatever gets you closer to your promise, but how much of this knowledge are you living? Most folks read or hear something interesting and are even able to share this sage advice with others in social gatherings. But to know something goes beyond mere recall. After all, that which is common sense rarely rises to the level of common practice. This degree of internalization is the form of know that I challenge you to reach. Are you living each day doing the thing that moves your heart or are you waiting for that perfect day when all your work and family responsibilities are satisfied? Folks, as I said in an earlier blog posting, there is no one day, and there is no there! All we truly have is the here now. Everything else is a mere illusion cast by the egoic mind and the concept of time. So, are you still waiting for that special moment to enjoy life, to help others, and to elevate your awareness from the background noise to realize life is happening NOW?
All of man’s evil is his inability to sit quietly in a room with himself because if he did he would be bored and forced to find a way out. — Blaise Pascal
Yes, it would not be a post without me admitting that I too am guilty as charged. It is amazing what the mind can rationalize (rational + lies) as we formulate stories to keep us locked in the past and the future, thereby skipping the now. Why is this our default nature? How is it we spend a preponderance of our thoughts remembering our past and future when the only impact our actions can ever have is in the NOW? This provocation that I’m making is not to be flippant and disregard the pain of regret or the anxiety and overwhelm of the future. But for us to move ahead, we must realize we are the cause of these emotions which we engender from our thoughts.
Yes, I still haven’t quite answered your question why we do this. I believe it is fear that is the culprit. Earlier, I challenged you to sit quietly with your thoughts, and I meant it. Find a place where you will not be disturbed and sit for an hour with no distraction. Yes, I know that it can be painful just to be. Where do your thoughts yank you? To the past and future? Just sitting in solitude watching your breath can rattle the best of nerves. “You want me to sit here and do nothing?” Not all at. I want you to sit here and do EVERYTHING to be part of the moment. To silence the incessant thoughts and the pain they bring, and truly understand that you are complete at this time, the one in which you are having fun, helping others, and present to life. The one moment in which you no longer wander by escaping to the past or the future.
In the now is where you find your purpose and the degree to which you are consciously living true to this ideal. It is at this time that you will develop a friendly embrace of fear and know that it no longer holds sway over your life. This is the moment where you will reconnect with your being and become free from the imprisonment of the mind. So, do you know this already? What is the real price of your unending escape to the past and the future? I leave you with this final quote from the movie:
The ones we rescue, rescue us. — A Dog’s Purpose
This article was originally published by me on Medium and Linkedin.