Is there anywhere else to be except in this present moment? Our heart would say, “Yes, I want to live in this moment now.”
Yet, the evidence of what is actually happening paints a different picture.
Your ego mind has the list of activities for the day, evening, week and month. It is planning the next summer vacation, nine months from now. There is like a thousand bees buzzing in your head each with something to say about what you should do and how to do it next.
The noise might otherwise leave you breathless except for the fact that you are used to it. It is the normal self talk you hear all the time.
From time to time awareness shoots up and you realize how tired you are, how much of a break you need and how you want to slow down for a few minutes.
It’s a good time to go for a smoke, have a cheeseburger or flop on your couch for a few minutes (depends on what you see as healthy).
It is really a rest period as compared to recovery.
However, like a great athlete you are back in the game zooming around town to pick up kids, groceries and complete the list of errands. All this while you hold down a real job that requires your attention and skill.
First, let’s be clear that there is nothing wrong with you. There is a difference in describing a situation and then making that situation who you are. In fact it is only the way you are acting in the situation that makes it seem so real.
You are perfect the way you are. You have all the essential qualities you came with in the moment of your birth.
These qualities, aspects and essential nature of who you are have always been here and will always be.
The change occurs when you raise your head up and look around at what is happening. You become aware of how you feel, what you say and how you act.
Then you make a choice about what to change.
It is an irrevocable promise to yourself.
You honour who you are by beginning to uncover the authenticity that has always been you. You just need to do it in small steps, a few minutes a day.
This is who you are.