Once on the table, her deep sigh launched a litany of stresses. It was not time to suggest silence.
Reaching for resolution, she said, “I know everything is all right. Everything is going to be all right.”
I let her words hang in the air a few moments.
Now, or later?
“Which is it?” I asked.
Her expression turned quizzical.
“You just made two very different statements,” I said. “Is everything all right, or is everything going to be all right?”
She laughed and confirmed, “Everything is all right.”
Just for today
When you’re truly present in the moment — Today only — you know everything is all right. You can feel it. The rightness of each moment is palpable, there for you to experience when you give the present moment your full attention.
“Everything is all right” centers you.
“Everything is going to be all right” projects you out of the present into an unattainable future fantasy, leaving you powerless, joyless, lost and vulnerable.
What to do starts with just for today
Everything-is-all-right doesn’t mean it’s spiritual to be passive. Not at all. There are times that require an active response.
How can you know whether to be still or take action?
Start with the stillness of your practice. Once you connect with:
Everything is all right,
You’re better able to recognize if action is required, and to take action with skill and compassion.
Being present relocates you from a fantasy-fixing-land into a place of powerful, joyful creativity.
How has connecting with the present transformed your experience of life, and of yourself? Please share with us in a comment.
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