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Making Friends with the Present Moment

On Mar 5, 2012 Ricky wrote:

I’ll begin with a quote from Richard Bach: ‘ You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.’  After the first yoga practice I ever participated in, while the poses were frustrating and I was upset to find that the body no longer moved as I thought it was supposed to, I realized I was ‘home’.  As I remember this right now, I feel the same inner excitement and emotion connected with it.  What I experienced that day was the joy and peace of the present moment.  In this present moment, there is no fear.  In this present moment, there is the connection with this deep inner voice, deep inner knowing, what is true.  We experience at once the great expanse and the full extent of the breath.  There are few words.  In this present moment there is freedom from negative self talk, self doubt, shoulds, coulds, woulds…what is left is ‘yes’.
This does not mean we move through life in some sort of fog of isolation, no longer being fierce in our convictions…it just means we recognize this sense of the bigger picture, and can help others around us remain calm when the dream of the life we create in this experience conjures up unknowns and sends us on some elaborate treasure hunt outside ourselves.  This is friendship.
And, finally, it feels so wonderful to be able to set down the burden of ego.  Letting go of the dualism we ‘know’ because of years of culturalization sets our hearts free to love completely…this is a huge step for the inner learning creature…the creativity that arises from this Love constantly surprises and amazes me, bringing me again to the present moment.  I am smiling as I write this.  And so I hope it is for you!   

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