Look Ahead

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Picture by Barbara Keith

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We can’t go backwards. That’s what life seems to be telling me these days. We can’t dwell in the past, we can’t inhabit the past, simply because it doesn’t exist.  We have only this precious, shimmering, present moment. Even nostalgia, sweet and sour, is experienced now. Because now is all we have, now is the gateway towards infinity and, guess what, it’s always open. Always. All the limitations we see are a by-product of our conditioning, of the collective beliefs we have accepted as true. But the essence of things is always there for us. Try this: plug in your headphones and play a song you like; if it has lyrics ignore them, listen to the music as if it was whole like a birdsong; listen to it fully without judgments, mental commentaries, anecdotes, memories; anytime a thought pops up go back gently to the music. Now you’re really listening to the song, without the filter of your mind. The chattering mind is a powerful tool, but it can become a tricky distraction from what we are experiencing now. Moreover, the mind can only stir up a soup of what you already know – the old, the past. Even when we think about the future we see through our old dusty glasses. Is it a good thing? A bad thing? Neither of the two, you choose. Nothing is inherently good or bad – the mind judges. When we silence the mind we recognize that everything is neutral. That said, I invite you, as I invite myself to be present, aware to the here and now. I invite us to act unpredictably. To act boldly. To shake the current state of things. Because, right now we have infinite possibilities.

Open your eyes and look ahead.

 

Herons

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