Saturday, March 5, 2011

Living in the Present

I have been reading three books (Stephen Muse’s When Hearts Become Flame, Henri J.M. Nouwen’s Life of the Beloved, and The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle) this week, and each one has a common theme: the importance of living in the present.

I am not sure that I am qualified to write on this topic because most of my life has been spent trying to get to my next destination or dwelling on what I could have done better regarding something that happened the day before or long ago.

I used to tell young people, during my early days of speaking, that I lived in the future so when I got there I would not be surprised. That sounds good but it is a terrible thing to say.

What I have learned is that living in the present is the highest form of human existence. It is at that moment that you are closest to your Source.

This week turned out to be one of the best weeks that I have had in a long time.

However, it was not without its challenges. Every time I thought about something in my past or dreamed of the future, I had to remind myself to come back to the present.

I still have much work to do, though. I do not want this to be the flavor of the week.

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