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Mindfulness Matters

Mindfulness Matters

“If You are in the Present, the Next Moment Takes Care of Itself”

This axiom of wisdom comes from Jo, the author of “Kensho: Or What I did on My Christmas Vacation.” It’s disarming in it simplicity; obvious in its importance. It speaks to the futility of worry and reminds us that when we show up for our lives things usually work out OK.

Some situations require homework — planning for the future — and that planning is an activity of the present. Once we’ve done our homework, she further reminds us that “this moment contains everything we need for the next moment.”

This is an invitation to relax and to be here right now. It’s an antidote to our obsessive worrying. Can we be bestow this confidence upon ourselves? Can we allow things to unfold without getting in the way?

Such is the promise of mindful living. So, enjoy!

 

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment PurePersistence

    Thanks for the very timely reminder this morning!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ola

    “this moment contains everything we need for the next moment.”

    Have you observed that every year in season, (in England in the month of May) the trees are covered with new, fresh growth of light
    green, soft leaves. This new growth is entirely in the
    character of the tree itself, so an oak tree produces light
    green leaves which are exactly the same
    in shape and size as their dark green, tougher, slightly brittle,
    elder leaves. So it is with all other forms of natural life.
    Have you noticed young growth is always soft?

    Could it be that when we evoke in ourselves “to do what needs to be
    done at the time it needs to be done whether we like doing it or not”
    and we then try to complete that intention, some added assistance arrives, some form of extra potency that makes possible the new growth
    of our intention, of our actions, of our lives?
    Could it be that this added potency is the same that allows for the
    new growth we witness every year in nature?

    So what might be the best way to approach a new idea, a new intention, a new endeavour to allow it to attract that added potency and reach its full potential?

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