Via Rajesh Setty, I stumbled upon “What Matters Now”. Seth Godin and a group of people have written a fantabulous ebook called “What Matters Now” – one page on what they are thinking about as the new year rolls in. Phenomenally good idea and I love this ebook.
However, given the title, they are missing one key ingredient, that is there in the title, but missing in the book, so I will go ahead and add it.
Being truly alive is being here and being now. In this moment.
Thousands of years ago, Buddha said “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment, wisely and earnestly.”
Stop, right here, right now, and take a look at the mind. It is rarely here in the moment. It is either in the past, romanticizing it or feeling low thinking about some past gone events, or it is at the other end, in the yet to come future, worried and tense about the outcome.
Think of it, like a leaking tap, our attention is scattered everywhere, but not here.
This very moment, is pregnant with possibilities.
This very moment, allows us to live all possibilities in life.
All it takes for our lives to change, is but a moment.
Anything can change any time, in any manner. The whole world is a field of probabilities, possibilities.
All the creativity, springs forth from attending to the now.
How does one get to stay in the now?
There is a secret. Want to know it?
The only thing, right here, right now, in the moment, available to us, is our breath.
Can you breath in the past or the future? If it was possible we would procrastinate our breathing to the weekends or heck, maybe even outsource it.
Within the breath lies a thousand untold secrets.
To be in the moment, to be in the now, is possible by attending to the breath.
And then watch the amazing journey of transformation.
PS: All that I have learnt about breath and its secrets, is from my Master Sri Sri RaviShankar; and I am a volunteer faculty with the foundation facilitating the very popular Art of Living Part 1 program and the Art of Living’s Corporate Leadership Program.