2 years ago, at the beginning of a yoga class, the teacher read the following text that I would like to share with you today. Back then, I had no idea who Eckhart Tolle was, I had no idea what “being in the now” really meant, I had no idea that focusing on our inner being could change our lives.
2 years after, now, today, I believe in yoga and meditation more than anything else. I am pretty optimistic by nature but this practice is beyond any feeling, it just brings you awareness and an incommensurable bliss. And it is endless, the more I do it, the better I feel every single day.
In such a changing world, this is the way to go,really. I’ll let you read these wise words and meditate…
1 – wherever you are, be totally there
“Are you worried? Do you have many “what if” thoughts? You are identified with your mind, which is projecting itself into an imaginary future situation and creating fear. There is no way that you can cope with such a situation, because it doesn’t exist. It’s a mental phantom. You can stop this health- and life-corroding insanity simply by acknowledging the present moment. Become aware of your breathing. Feel the air flowing in and out of your body. Feel your inner energy field. All that you ever have to deal with, cope with, in real life – as opposed to imaginary mind projections – is this moment. Ask yourself what “problem” you have right now, not next year, tomorrow, or five minutes from now. What is wrong with this moment? You can always cope with the Now, but you can never cope with the future – nor do you have to. The answer, the strength, the right action or the resource will be there when you need it, not before, not after.
“One day I’ll make it.” Is your goal taking up so much of your attention that you reduce the present moment to a means to an end? Is it taking the joy out of your doing? Are you waiting to start living? If you develop such a mind pattern, no matter what you achieve or get, the present will never be good enough; the future will always seem better. A perfect recipe for permanent dissatisfaction and non-fulfillment, don’t you agree?”
– Ekhart Tolle – The Power of Now