“So -called problems cannot survive in the present moment.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
To me this quote from Eckhart Tolle means that problems really can’t live in our present moments because problems usually occur when we live in the past or future and are simply not being present. If we look back, we can probably find something to make into a problem and bring it into the present moment by thinking about it, but it shouldn’t be in our present moment because it was already there once and now it belongs in the past where it should be forgotten.
If we look into the future we could create something to worry about by dragging it into the present, but why do we want to do that when we really have no idea what the future holds for us until it arrives and becomes the present. Fear sometimes brings us to the future.
So, what we actually have is only what’s happening right now and soon that now will also be in the past, and only starts to be a problem when we keep bringing it up over and over again. As crazy as this all sounds, our problems can’t survive in our present moments if we are truly present because we would solve an issue before it becomes a problem or discard it. There is not enough fuel to actually be living in the moment and keep a so-called problem alive. It’s only when we go looking for trouble by looking backward or forward and over thinking that we give negative energy to our present moment by creating problems that grow into monsters filling our brains with misery and giving us sleepless nights of trying to figure things out— what went wrong, or whatmight go wrong. And don’t forget, when we do this stuff we are no longer in the present moment.
If we could figure all this out for once and for all, think about all the happiness and great relationships we would have. We could experience real forgiveness and love, and we wouldn’t make ourselves and everyone else so unhappy. Life would become richer and peaceful for all.
Okay, this all sounds great, but since this is not a fairytale story where we will all just start this right now and life will suddenly change for the better, let’s call this a work in progress and strive to live in the present and keep the past and future out of our lives the best we can. In doing this, maybe the world can become a better place because we’ve become better people.
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
Both these quotes by John F. Kennedy should give us pause. What direction are we headed in? It appears to be “BACKWARD,” to a horrible time in our country’s history, or “FORWARD,” on a new dangerous path.
Where will this river take us? It’s up to each of us.
“All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.” ~ Blaise Pascal
Do you take time in your day for silence? You should. Only in silence can you really feel present and mindful and connected to your Spirit. Busy days full of too much activity and constant noise can take us away from who we really are. We get lost in the hustle of day-to-day events like appointments, sporting events and helping with homework, etc. We need several minutes of complete silence to bring us back to mindfulness and back to the who we really are.
Too much noise whether it be from the neighbor’s lawn mower to traffic, or even the children’s loud voices can rip right through us. We can start feeling irritated, nervous, or just plain sick. When this happens, we need to find a place to feel the silence. There is nothing more calming than experiencing the beauty of silence on your poor nervous system. This is where you can regenerate yourself and be a better you.
Some people are afraid to take the time for silence; some are not sure they can quiet their busy minds. All you have to do is find a peaceful place and close your eyes–it’s very much like meditating. Let your busy mind just wander. Don’t try to stop the thoughts. Just see them and let them go. If it helps, you can think of a beautiful calm image like a waterfall, etc. But that can also be forcing your mind to be quiet and it works better if you just let the thoughts wander off on their own.
Don’t be afraid to take the time for silence. Every minute of your life should not be filled up with noise and activities. It’s healthy to get reconnected with your Spirit–the who you really are, and you can only do that in the deep silence of your life.
I marvel every morning if I wake up to silence. I hold it dear to my heart because I know it won’t last long. That’s what I love about the first snow–everything is quiet. If I don’t take some time in my day for silence, I get cranky, and that’s not the real me. So, I make sure to find time for those little silent minutes to reconnect and rejuvenate.
Embrace the silence in your life and be one with your Spirit; the quality of your life depends on it.