Almost every day I hear someone say something related to ‘living in the now’. Recently I had two experiences that once again moved me to reflection on this subject.
The first experience I already described in more detail in my last blog (#4). Heard about a ballerina, happened to hear an interview with her, watched her performances on You tube, had a moving, healing experience.
The second experience occurred two days later. I wanted to re-live the experience again with a friend who was visiting. After sharing my earlier experience I suggested watching some of the dances I had watched. As we did that, my reaction was not the same. It felt pretty ordinary, pleasant but flat by comparison of my first experience.
As I kept mulling this over in subsequent days, I recalled other times of wanting to re-create an experience. The pattern was similar to these most recent ones. The first had a starting point which presented itself to me and I kept following the stream, staying in the ‘now’. The second was more or less choreographed by me because I wanted to have that same feeling again and share it with my friend. I’ll never know how our time together would have evolved if I did not have an agenda.
To be clear, I’m not saying we should stop sharing. I am saying that every moment has it’s own ‘now’ and to stay alert to that. It seems to me that it’s mostly a matter of intention. For example, my second experience could go exactly as it did. My intention though, to be in the ‘now’, would be to see how that evolves and not trying to re-create my first experience.
All this is relevant to me because, I believe that life is lived in the present moment. If I’m preoccupied with the past and worrying about the future, I’m not living my life right now. To manifest the purpose for which I incarnated, I believe it’s necessary to pay attention, stay awake and in the ‘now’. To that I’m dedicated for as much time as I have left.
In Light and Love, Hedi