“Remember that when we are present, we see that there really is a Divine plan, and that it is happening right now. Consciously participating in the miraculous unfolding of reality is the Holy Work, and it is the greatest source of satisfaction that we can have.” (Understanding the Enneagram, 56)
What stops you from being fully present in each moment? For me, there are two things: (1) My iPhone. Instead of thinking or praying as I walk to my next work meeting, I quick flip through Twitter world. Instead of fully engaging with Henry at the park, I half watch him play…half dominate the high-stakes tables of Texas Hold’em. It’s a problem. (2) Dreaming about the future. They say that you’re biggest strength can easily become your biggest weakness, and being futuristic is mine. I can be so caught up in the potential beauty and excitement of the future that the present feels cruelly boring. Or even more insidious, when the present feels overwhelming and threatens my idealism, the future is a safe place to hide. Once again, this can be quite a problem.
What about you? What stops you…AND what keeps you present in the moment?