The past is gone, and I don’t know what’s coming in the future. It’s obvious that if I want my life to be whole, to resonate with feeling and integrity and value and health, there’s only one way I can influence the future: by owning the present. If I can relate to this moment with integrity, and then this moment with integrity, wakefully, then the sum of that is going to be very different over time, over mind moments that stretch out into what we call a life, than a life that is lived mostly on automatic pilot, where we are reacting and being mechanical and are therefore somewhat numb. The eddy or whirlpool in the mind or heart becomes the object of your attention because it’s as worthy of attention as anything else. You’re not editing your life; you’re not saying, “This is good and this is bad, this soulful, this is spiritual, I want this, I don’t want that.” You’re saying, “The whole of it is my life as long as I’m willing to hold it in awareness.” Thoreau called it the greatest practice in life: “To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn
we need breathing room to reassess, regroup, and to receive our own wise guidance….
inquiry for today~ where do you criticize yourself? what is hidden under perceived failure?
You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation- and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that hurts, nothing else. ~Herman Hesse