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The Essential Moment

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.This very moment is the essential moment. The essential moment is this life. Day after day, year after year.

After this lifetime, the essential moment continues, and will continue as long as there is a moment, and I will be in it.

If I choose to be not of this moment, that is, in a past or future moment, then I choose to not live the life the universe is unfolding to me now. It means the past is more important than “now”.

It means the future is more important than “now”. It means the essential “now” moment is not important. It means I accept that this moment in this life is experienced as a product of my past and my goals, as opposed to my ability to BE and create in this moment. I acknowledge that I have been creating this moment from my expectations and my experiences. That means that I have expected this moment to be the fulfillment of a dream or the bane of the past, and I am not experiencing this moment as the important one. I will have chosen to be of another moment.

I hereby choose to BE.

I choose to be open to every experience as it unfolds itself to me in this essential moment. I choose to say yes, and respond with my heart to everything that life presents to me in this essential moment. I choose to know that being present in this moment is not about the past or the future, about goals and perceived failures. In the moment that I die, I intend to experience THAT moment, and not the past or the future.

Not that it will not haunt me. I am human.

This moment is all that I have in this moment. I choose to embrace it and not fight it. Not with the past or the future. Not with dreams and not with sorrows.

This is not comfortable for all persons. This is not acceptable to all persons. It is oft neither comfortable nor acceptable to me. To be accepting and comfortable with this moment is not what I have been taught. This is not what I have taught my child.

Shame on me.

I have chosen to live in a society that values my pain and my potential. It has been my choice. My pain and my potential are not who I am.

The Bible tells us that God proclaims, “I am”. Ancient texts never proclaim,  “I was” or “I will be”. All ancient texts proclaim, “I am”.

I hereby choose to acknowledge that I have been a product of living in the past and the future. I hereby choose to never do that again.

I hereby choose to experience this moment. Not to be sorry for something that happened or should have happened or that I hoped would happen.

Not to be sorry that things can’t be the way they were or the way I want them to be. Not to question myself.

Not to doubt the peace in my heart looking at the stars, or the mountains, or the sea. Or the large salmon I get to know in a huge fight that raises my blood pressure, only to relieve it when I release him to go and spawn and die.

Not to be governed by the money spent or the money owed

Not to question the things given up before or what might be given up in the future.

Because there is nothing to be given up, or gained.

There is only now.

And I choose to be content now, with this moment. It is essential.

Read Living to “Be”.

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4 comments to The Essential Moment

  • This is a great post: I am mad @ myself for not reading your thoughts earlier. But I shouldn’t dwell in the past =P

    This post reminds me of, is a well-expanded version of, and a personal account of Ghandi’s famous quote that I live by “Be the change you want to see in the world” in OUR world. Kudos, my friend!

  • .
    This is fabulous, everyone should read it often. It reminded me of Ram Dass’ ‘Be Here Now’. http://www.ramdass.org/ Thank you, and for the inspiration too.
    .
    absurd thought –
    our supreme God says
    do not live in the present

    only long for the past
    and hope and fear the future
    .

  • A friend and I were talking about this very thing earlier tonight — how hard it is to simply live in the moment. Thanks for sharing this. I’ll send it to her. Think it will help her work through some things. Have a nice evening.

  • Jim K

    When God spoke to Moses, it was much more then just, “I AM”.
    God’s reply in Hebrew was: ’Eh‧yeh′ ’Asher′ ’Eh‧yeh′. Some translations render this as “I AM THAT I AM.” However, it is to be noted that the Hebrew verb ha‧yah′, from which the word ’Eh‧yeh′ is drawn, does not mean simply “be.” Rather, it means “become,” or “prove to be.” The reference here is not simply to God’s self-existence but also to what he has decided/determined to become toward others. Therefore, the New World Translation properly renders the above Hebrew expression as “I SHALL PROVE TO BE WHAT I SHALL PROVE TO BE.” God thereafter added: “This is what you are to say to the sons of Israel, ‘I SHALL PROVE TO BE has sent me to you.’”—Exodus 3:14.
    That this was not a change in God’s name, but rather additional insight into God’s personality, is seen from his further words: “This is what you are to say to the sons of Israel, ‘Jehovah the God of your forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name to time indefinite, and this is the memorial of me to generation after generation.” (Exodus 3:15; compare Psalms 135:13; Hosea 12:5.) The name Jehovah comes from the Hebrew verb ha‧wah′, “become,” and actually means “He Causes to Become.” This reveals Jehovah as the One who, with progressive action, causes himself to become the Fulfiller of promises. Thus he always brings his purposes to realization.

    While we certainly want to appreciate the present and live it to the full, our lives must also reflect an appreciation along with actions showing faith that the promised future will come. It must be more then a matter of, ‘Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow I may die’. (Not that I came to the conclusion that you were advocating that line of reasoning or action)

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