We plan and we struggle. We look toward the future and the possibilities that might unfold for us. We like to watch the horizon and imagine new things. Nothing wrong with that, but the fact is, the only time is NOW.
You can’t imagine now. It can only be experienced, and it can be boring, right? We are addicted to excitement, shiny new things. Meanwhile life happens, increment by increment, and who says there will be more than just ONE moment?
There is a moment when you take your first breath, or more correctly, the breath is given to you, and there is a moment when it leaves the body. All that awesomeness happens in one moment, no beginning, no end. It just “is.”
I’m hearing this quite often now: “Do what you want or what you feel like doing. That can change from moment to moment. Isn’t that how small children live? They do something wholeheartedly for one moment, and then move on to the next thing without a thought of what went before. The world stands still because they are present in every moment. Awareness…
What does that have to do with a successful art business or any other business? I have learned that no matter how much I plan or try new things, they never end up as planned, or new inspiration comes in, or doesn’t, that moves the path forward in a new direction.
So, I feel the new dynamic is to enjoy life, to forget the sweat and the struggle to get SOMEWHERE. Find the joy in the moment and be moved by that joy. The mind thinks it’s a boring endeavor, and it doesn’t want to stop and breathe and listen. It likes to charge ahead and accomplish things, do the lists, execute the PLAN, and reap the lucrative results.
All we get is exhaustion and disappointment, even if things got accomplished. I pretty much spent my life there…
Success is to be able to slow down to the “still point” of existence and really be present in life. From there we can move in the direction of what truly fires us up, and if there is nothing exciting, to listen even closer for the deeper movement that might point toward a whole new path.
There is nothing to prove, no goal to run after and accomplish. Success in the Western society is based on physical and mental accomplishment. If we don’t fall in with that template we are losers or less than those who succeed in wealth and careers.
What about those who are physically and mentally challenged? I have noticed at lot of blissful smiles and stories of inspiration of a greater life among such people. Not always of course, but we have a choice.
I have stood in front of that choice many times in my life. Right now I have come full circle again, back to point zero. I spent the last year accomplishing GREAT things (in my opinion.) I learned a lot of new skills, which I enjoy. However, I didn’t get to where I wanted to be in my life, and some say, “try harder.”
BUT, I know that will not work. I choose to delve more deeply into the moment. I choose the mystery of life over great accomplishments. That’s where the right path lies, and it’s infinitely more intriguing than the next mountain to climb.
There is nothing wrong with challenges. We grow through them, but hey, stop a moment, take a deep breath and realize where life truly IS.
It takes courage to follow the moment of Now, but it gets easier as we see the workings of that magic of life in our daily existence.
Are you excited about this new possibility, which is not new? It’s ancient, but we run faster and faster away from it…
I know I’m excited about it. The struggle stops here!