the present moment

26 all in a moment 1

‘I love what I see: life excites me.’*

For all the painfully difficult and difficultly painful things in the world, we find within a deep down hope, and earnest longing for something better, a more beautiful place to belong.

In these moments, the goodness and wonder and energy of life breaks upon us – a moment of presence – a present moment, when we can feel the possibility of love and hope and beauty.

As Humans, we live with the elemental truths: life is hard, we’re not as special as we think, life is not about us, we’re not in control, and, we’re going to die.  It’s as if we need these things to see the better possible.

‘It is, however, through difficulty and opposition that we define ourselves.  The mind needs something against which it can profile and discover itself.’**

There’s a simple question which can be more than we can handle: “Am I prepared to see more than I can see in this moment?”  Does this come to me as a promise or threat, even as I know I will be changed.

But in this change I find my hope again.  In a universe which doesn’t appear to care, we find ourselves as a focus of possibility.

‘The human face is the icon of creation.  In this countenance, creation becomes intimate.’^

In this moment, when you are most you, aware of your dreams and talents and questions, what possibilities come to you?

Creativity, generosity, enjoyment.

(*From Richard Rohr’s The Naked Now.)
(**From John O’Donohue’s Eternal Echoes.)
(^From John O’Donohue’s Eternal Echoes. Whilst O’Donohue speaks of creation, it seems reasonable to speak of nature or the universe.)

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