Your whole life is right this moment

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I’m in Curacao enjoying beautiful weather and beaches to die for.

A group of us were having dinner on the beach the other night, and the daughter of one of them was voicing a worry about her upcoming exams back in Holland. She was counting the days she had left, dreading her return home.

Her father explained the concept of viewing the glass half empty vs. half full, advising her to consider that she “still” had 8 days left, rather than “only” 8 days.

It reminded me once of something Krishnamurti said, how westerners work day in and day out just thinking about their upcoming holiday, only to go on holiday to think about how they only have so many days until they have to return to the office. Westerners are typically not fully present, he said, and therefore not fully living.

I’ve been watching my ego/gremlin these days, and indeed, it only wants to think about the past (either longingly or forlornly) or about the future. It doesn’t like the present moment.

But I do. I want to cherish this moment of my life, because I know it’s all I’ll ever have. It’s easy when you’re on a beautiful tropical island, but I’ve also been remembering more and more to enjoy the most mundane moments back home, too. When I’m doing the laundry, riding the train, eating soup…whatever I’ve got going on, I try to bring myself into that moment, and just enjoy the fact that I’m alive and experiencing.

I’m taking a business course that requires us to establish future goals from a created future vision, and the teacher recommends that we turn the whole process into a sort of game, as it makes the process in itself fun. So again, the process of achieving our goals is where life really is. And then when we do achieve what we’ve worked so hard to attain, we need to celebrate those moments fully. So many of us work so hard to achieve a particular goal, but then when we do, we hardly revel in it. We’re then almost immediately obsessed with the next goal, ceaselessly unsatisfied.

Human beings are nuts!

“…It needs an extraordinarily astute mind, an extraordinarily pliable heart, to be aware of and to follow what is; because what is is constantly moving, constantly undergoing a transformation, and if the mind is tethered to belief, to knowledge, it ceases to pursue, it ceases to follow the swift moment of what is.”

Krishnamurti, The First and Last Freedom

Carpe diem. Enjoy the moment. 🙂

3 comments

  1. Love, love, loved this post Jami. And that point Krishnamurti makes about working and holidays is so true. We really should try to enjoy the present, regardless of how average/uninteresting it may seem to others…

    In other news, I owe you an email. Which I will get roundo to, I promise. Enjoy the rest of your break!

    • I am happy you appreciate it, Sean! And as much as I would love to be interesting, it’s actually much more fun to be interested, I am learning. 🙂

  2. Great post. That’s so true. We can’t really stay in a present. Back in London I used to go to the yoga and meditation sessions and most of the time I couldn’t focus on what I was doing. I just kept thinking about what I’m going to have for dinner, what happened at work etc. Why do you think it’s so hard for us westerners?

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