Few things force us to be more present than an illness… whether grave or simple, illness forces us to stop and pay attention. Even a common cold zaps our energy and forces us to stop everything and care for our body… After all, the body is the sacred vehicle that carries us forward in this world. Be Present.
“There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who can do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. We can give all our attention to the opportunity before us.” Mark Van Doren
You shouldn’t chase after the past or place expectations on the future. What is past is left behind. The future is as yet unreached. Whatever quality is present you clearly see right there, right there. Gautama Buddha, Bhaddekaratta Sutta
When we feel 100% well, we take the basics for granted and look expectantly to the future. However, the present matters more when our aches and pains and feverish brow demand attention now… Be Present.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.” Matthew 6:24, The Bible
“When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end they always fall. Think of it. Always.” Mahatma Gandhi
As I find my footing again, I will be present to reciprocate. Thank you for the love, grace and patience you have shared with me this past week. Thank you all! I am taking Robert’s advice and so, instead of agonizing over stats and posts, I’m stopping to ask: Where are my feet? I see them, I touch them, and I gratefully remember that with life all things remain possible. Be Present. More below!