Friday, November 7, 2014
Day 301, November 7
"If we want to walk in the Pure Land all the time, it helps us to let go of the things that keep us from being in the present. It can be done when you drink your juice or your tea. Drink in such a way that the Holy Spirit is present in you. You have enough already to be happy now. Nourish yourself every day with the wonderful things that life has to offer you. Nourish yourself in the present moment." ~Thich Nhat Hanh No Death, No Fear
Over the last years, I've realized that I am frequently not present. I'm physically there, but my mind, my heart are elsewhere. Too much of my time was spent in worry over the future. I worried about my dear Carla. I worried about my children. (I still do.) Would Carla get better? (She didn't.) Would my children make wise choices. (Pretty much they do.) My worry didn't do a thing except to prevent me from enjoying and embracing the RIGHT NOW.
I'm trying to do better. I'm trying to do better in a lot of things. Not a whole lot of success so far, but at least I haven't given up on myself.
Joy for today: being there.