The Sanctuary of Now
"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.
Always say 'yes' to the present moment.
Say 'yes' to life - and see how life suddenly starts working
for you rather than against you."
You've probably noticed that it's always Now (or perhaps you haven't?). When you woke up this morning, you did so in a space called Now, and when you ate your breakfast and drank your tea or coffee, it also happened in the Now. In fact, as you read these words, you are doing so right Now. If you contemplate deeply; your whole day - let alone your whole life - has taken place in the Now, and not once, not even for a second, have you ever left it. Amazing, isn't it?
Yet, the reality is that seldom, if ever (and only for brief moments), are most people actually AWARE of the Now, let alone fully present Here. Instead, we spend our precious days obsessed with getting to a destination called, "The Future'; that golden place where everything has worked out the way we think it should, and where we feel a sense of security and certainty in our lives. Yet, no matter how much we worry and struggle to arrive at this 'phantom future', it remains just beyond our reach, and we never seem to get there. Of course, as we watch the escalating anxiety and uncertainty that is going on in the world around us right now, this only stirs up the growing sense of unease and fear in our own mind., as we see and feel everything becoming more and more unmanageable, and uncontrollable on every level.
The good news is that, if we look deeply, there is a space in which we CAN find the certainty and peace that the mind is desperate for; a space that is always available and - best of all - requires no time to get there. That space is called the Here and Now, or as I like to call it, The Sanctuary of Now. It's a sanctuary because, once you enter it, you realize that it contains all of the certainty and security, in fact everything you've been looking for your whole life. If you doubt this, take a moment right Now (oh, there it is again!), and ask yourself the question, 'Is it Now'? After you verify that it is indeed right Now, ask yourself this follow up question, 'Here and Now, is there anything lacking'?
Really feel into this question, and notice that, no matter how much you may be worried about what's going to happen tomorrow or next week, Here and Now is actually pretty good; it is actually a space of ease and openness that unfolds without force, and with no stress at all. Best of all, with just one mindful breath, we can actually center ourselves and come home to this calm and reassuring space anytime we choose too. Like the still point in the middle of a raging hurricane, the Now is always calmly unfolding, just as it is.
If certainty and security, not to mention joy and peace, are what you long for at this point in human history, then you must accept that it will NEVER be found in the illusion of 'The Future'. All you have to do is bring your awareness to the Here and Now, where everything is unfolding with effortless ease, and let go of trying to find peace and happiness in a future that doesn't exist. If you are willing to do this, then you have the opportunity to come home to the sanctuary of unchanging harmony and certainty that is always Here awaiting you in the Now. After all, if not Now, when?