Enjoy the Journey
"A good traveller has no destination
and is not intent upon arriving."
Imagine for a moment that you are on a trip, and the whole time you're gone, all you do is focus on getting to the end. Sounds pretty unsatisfying doesn't it? Although it would hardly be a journey worth taking, if we are honest, we can find ourselves living our lives in the same way; always focused on some goal or destination in the future, convincing ourselves that, once we arrive, we will suddenly find the joy and satisfaction that are lacking inside of us. Of course, once our desire is fulfilled or we finally reach our destination, we find that the feeling of satisfaction fades pretty quickly, and we go looking for the next goal to give us a sense of purpose and direction in our life. This can be especially true given the current challenges that we are encountering in the world around us, where the mind (the voice in our head), tells us that everything will get better, once the Pandemic is over.
The problem with living this way is that life is not a destination; it is a journey that unfolds moment-to-moment, and the only purpose there is to it (if there is one), is too enjoy the step we are taking right here and now. When we enjoy where we are, we discover the wonder and beauty that is all around and within us, and we also become aware of the tremendous blessings that we've already been given. Of course, to enjoy the journey of our life, we need to see clearly that, the future we hope to arrive at - where everything is perfect and happy - is an illusion. Like a mirage in the desert, it does not exist, because the future we hope to one day arrive at is also an illusion. There is only Now, and there will only ever be the eternal Now moment. The question is; are we actually HERE to appreciate and enjoy it?
To truly embrace the journey of Life, we must learn to appreciate the moment as it is; the up's and the downs and the all-arounds! We must let go of our habitual demand that life give us something (anything) other than what we have right now, in order to be happy and fulfilled. When we simply relax and drop this demand, we see that we already have everything we need to be happy, here and now. We also begin to taste the freedom and ease that all sages have said is available only when we live fully in the present moment. As travelers walking through this amazing play of life, all of us have been given the choice to enjoy the step we are taking right now, no matter what may, or may not be happening. In this we discover the great secret of happiness; that where we are is exactly where we're meant to be - so why not relax, let go, and enjoy the step we are taking right now, and the scenery along the Way.