Nature is the greatest example of “how to be.” Nothing in nature (besides human beings) worries about what comes next. We are the only species that has the ability to embody fear indefinitely. Some of us walk in the darkness of our fear without even knowing it. But if we look around and see how the plants and animals live in harmony, we will notice that they are in a constant state of trusting their environment in a state of being present. They thrive from the offerings of the earth and they don’t worry. They innately know that they will be given all that they need. This is a great lesson for all of humanity.
I wake up as the sun is rising and it is a beautiful reminder that each day is a brand new beginning. The crickets and frogs pass their symphony onto to the birds. The darkness is relinquished as the sun moves her dance to this side of the planet. A morning dew refreshes the plants, and we wake up again. A fresh start is offered to each living creature. Tomorrow does not exist. Yesterday is long gone. The thing that we are generously given on a constant basis is NOW. The only thing that takes us out of now, is our labyrinth of thoughts. We wake up with regrets, worries, plans, ideas and often we rush through our mornings to get somewhere on time. We lose ourselves throughout our day, and forget to touch, taste, see, smell, listen, laugh… feel. We forget these gifts of life because we think that life is a car, a job, parenting, wearing the mask of professionalism, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, finding out what’s on the news… etc. I’ve got news for you. Real news. There is a whole universe you are missing out on while you’re engrossed in the surface of life. The whole universe is you and this very moment.
I used to think life was incredibly boring. I was so bored that I despised even being here, and there were times when I looked forward to death. If I wasn’t bored, I was terrified, which is even worse. How did that all change for me? Well, first because I yearned for it to change, and second, because one beautiful morning in 2011, I woke up with the sunrise and realized that it was all I had, and it was all I ever needed. There was nothing other than me and this moment. That was it. That was always going to be it. How refreshing. How thirst quenching. How simple and incredibly profound. So here I am. Here you are. Wake up. It’s a new day. Embrace the new beginnings rather than embody your fear. Let go of the need to control outcome and take it all in, because this is all you have. This is all you ever have. Thank God for that, because it is so perfectly uncomplicated – this right here, right now moment. The whole universe (you) is encompassed in today. Isn’t that something to behold?