Sometimes the simplest things in life have the deepest meaning and are rarely understood and appreciated. The present moment or NOW is one of those principles. The other day I was speaking with someone I truly love who was going through ‘a refiners fire’. A time in her life when she felt so challenged by her life’s situation as to be in a state of deep despair. I suggested that relief from her ‘trials’ could be felt by consciously bringing herself into the now, or the present moment. Now is the seat of action and in the present moment of now, none of her trials can exist. Her response was that she disliked the NOW because her life was full of pain, despair, and anxiety NOW.
She did not understand the power of NOW. Her anxiety and pain were not in the NOW, but in her thoughts of the future. Right NOW she was sitting with me…..someone who truly loves her, in a comfortable chair in a lovely home. NOW is this very moment. To appreciate NOW our mind cannot be occupied by thoughts of either past or future. We must be fully engaged with NOW. To become consciously aware of NOW we must focus intently on our surroundings. Feel the warmth of the room. Feel the chair. Feel your feet upon the floor. Feel your breath…..in and out. Feel the energy of those around you. If she had done that, she would have been able to feel she was in a safe place, sitting comfortably in an upholstered chair next to one who loves her dearly. In this moment of NOW she was secure and sheltered. Our minds are miraculous, but can only think one thought at a time. When you are in the NOW, your problems and challenges disappear because you consciously make yourself aware of your surroundings. NOW you can see that you have a situation that needs to be either dealt with or accepted.
Eckhart Tolle says it beautifully In his book, ThePower of Now. “A “problem” means that you are dwelling on a situation mentally without there being a true intention or possibility of taking action NOW and that you are unconsciously making it part of your sense of self. You become so overwhelmed by your life situation that you lose your sense of life, of Being……..When you create a “problem”, you create pain. All it takes is a simple choice, a simple decision: no matter what happens, I will create no more pain for myself. I will create no more problems. Although it is a simple choice, it is also very radical. You won’t make that choice unless you are truly fed up with suffering, unless you have truly had enough.”
Don’t make a situation into a problem…..THE SITUATION NEEDS TO BE EITHER DEALT WITH OR ACCEPTED. Remember, only you can be you. And you need to be true to yourself. Take action whenever it is needed and do not concern yourself with the fruit of your action. Just give attention to the action itself.. The fruit will come of its own accord.
For now, Earlynn’s just sayin’: “Life is challenging enough, we don’t need to make situations into problems.”
Remember, my book, Transformed is now available through Hay House, Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may also order my book by clicking on the tab ‘Earlynn’s Book’ at the top of this page. Thanks for spending time with me. God Bless you.
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