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be here now. (easier said than done)

Filed under: life,quotes — 8:33 pm

“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?


  1. Dude – You’re the only other Futuristic guy I know! (whoops… didn’t answer the question, did I?)

    Comment by Mike — June 21, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

  2. Facebook stops me cold. I can spend hours doing nothing by Facebooking.

    Another thing that causes me to lose focus is improper grammar, spelling, and punctuation. I am simply drawn to it, even if there are many (correct) words around it.

    As for keeping me present in the moment, I would have to say worship at Willow, particularly on Wednesday nights (it seems to rock and roll a bit more and is definitely louder then). The music is always so professional and it really draws me to the reason why I am there– to give honor to God. Different songs make me think of different things. For example, “You Never Let Go” reminds me of my Grandma, who recently went home to be with God. He never abandoned her, even as she lay dying, and He certainly never abandoned me in my grief.

    Comment by Mike II — June 21, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

  3. Shalom Aaron,

    “This is the day that Adonai has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24. Every day we awaken gives us another chance to do good and to do better.

    Check out Nancy Beach’s Willow weekend service message from 14 years ago (end of June, 1996), and the the song “Seize the Day,” by Carolyn Arends.

    Se well Aaron and make this a good day for yourself and others.


    Comment by Jordan — June 22, 2010 @ 6:54 am

  4. Twitter is my distraction. I get totally engrossed, it use to be facebook. At our house we actually never even watch tv anymore, we go weeks with out powering it on. But with the Mac or my BBerry- twitter is always there. I have found at night when I am home, I just need to shut my phone off and focus on my family.

    Comment by vphonegirl — June 22, 2010 @ 9:23 am

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