“In the sense of time described by the word present, there is no infinitude, but only a vague concept of now. This is the key concept that I not only knew but demonstrated. This is the legacy, the inheritance, I left to you. (A Course of Love, 30.8)”
Affirmation: “I would live in the Now today.”
1 – The Now
This passage from Jesus is well-described by Eckhart Tolle in his book, The Power of Now. But our minds are like runaway puppies, eager to explore past and future, seemingly impossible to pin down to the present. Yet the Now is Jesus’s legacy to us. He lived in the Now, and he wants us also to do so. It will not come to us by trying, but only by the grace of God. And we will not lose anything thereby. We can and should ask now for the experience of living in the present, the present that is eternity. All moments that we experience are always Now.
2 – A Richness of Life
Why do many spiritual leaders stress living in the Now, if it is so difficult to do? They do not choose to encourage us in such a practice because it is difficult, but because it works in our lives. Living in the now allows a richness of life that nothing else can satisfy.
3 – People’s Choices
Many people choose daring adventures that force themselves in the Now. They report that at such times of such peak experiences, they, for once, felt really alive. And that is what living in the present will do for us. It will make us feel truly alive, truly grateful for the opportunity of a life spent on earth.
4 – Just Stop
How do we slow down and stop enough to experience the Now? The only way to stop is to stop. Give a few moments to prayer, contemplation, meditation, and the like. Let the mind become still. Do not fret. If we are especially fortunate, then the experience that we have at such moments of stillness will give us a hunger for more times like this. We will be hooked on the Now.
I would recognize eternity. This is the idea that Jesus is truly getting across. I would understand eternity by living in the Now. And all will be well.
I can practice living in the Now by being mindful as I go about routine tasks during the day. Help me to follow Your way as I go through this day.
Thank You for the revelations that You have given to Eckhart.