In this life we are only given two things that are purely our own to use: attention and time.

Sadly, most of us squander our gifts of time and attention. Rather than learning to be in command of our attention, which is the same as using our time for its highest purpose—the realization of our immortal Self—we hand it over to almost anything that floats by in the river of time.

Either we struggle to “make” things happen or we wait hoping change will come; regardless of our approach to life, it never fails to give us something to think about or some event to stimulate us. Then we call that momentary relationship—and the passing sense of self it produces in us—“life.” Yes, of course: this is one order of life, and we all have it … until we realize, often too late, that it has had us all along.

We have no choice about being born into this world of passing time, but we do have a choice whether or not we remain a captive of its inherent fears and sorrow.

Invite the light of your longing for what is everlasting to show you the futility of serving passing time. You are here on earth to realize an entirely different purpose to your life—a beautiful, noble, sacrificial purpose. But there’s only way to have this higher calling revealed to you: you must give your attention to it moment by precious moment.

Stay awake. Stay in your body. Don’t let your mind drag you around, always talking to you, telling you the meaning of what you see. Learn to master your attention. It will, in turn, teach you the real purpose and proper use of your time here on earth. Master time and attention, and you stand at the doorway to the Divine. Step through it and behold your immortal Self.

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