Thursday, December 29, 2011

Your NOW was born of your will be

So, this morning I started reading "Meditations from the Mat" by Rolf Gates.  It's the start of a journey into Yoga I am so ready for.  For those who don't know, the book is broken up into very short 'chapters' that enable the reader to start and complete reading in about five minutes each morning.  I grabbed the book immediately after waking up, and although at first I could barely focus my eyes on the words, within a few minutes I was able to read and absorb the the intended meaning, or at least the meaning intended for Jeff to give himself today.  I'll pass a brief 'get to the point' synopsis of the analogy relayed.  Dorothy could have passed up all the drama and been back home really easy. It was all right there inside her the whole time.  
Thank you Rolf! Want the book?

Right now, we have it all.  You, them, Dorothy and friends, me, all of us.  We have everything we need inside of us to be anything we were born with the potential to be.  Many of us are limited by physical or mental ailments, but the same applies ~ You have it all.  You are living the right now you have sought after your whole life.  It is probably nothing like you'd imagined, even as little as a year ago, but it's true, and read this carefully.... Your now is a result of your before now.  Your reply might be "Well No Sh#t, Jeff!" But I think we really don't let ourselves ponder about this as much as we ought to.  We are all living for something, even if it's that vacation to the Seychelles you've dreamed of (and if you're going and have an extra ticket I'm totally game... *wink wink*), a nice retirement in a log cabin for which you've saved and planned for your whole life, or simply to just be happy right where you are right now...You owe it to yourself to honor the beauty of the past by living as a shining example of that right now.

A man by the name of Bob Marley once sang this "When one door is closed, don't you know another is open." It's true.  We often spend quite a bit of time sobbing over closed doors, failing to accept and embrace that open door right in front of us.  Love your past and take the beauty of it with you on your journey, letting go of things that don't get you to that tomorrow you dream of.  As one of my beloved Yoga teachers says quite often "energize what you must, soften where you can"

I'm trying, for the love of Bob Marley I'm trying.