Have you ever thought that 'the secret of life' might be here in front of us all the time but we don't notice it?
Imagine a wild flower growing in a field at the side of a highway. Are we likely to see it as we whizz past in our car? Perhaps there is something beautiful that we are missing.
We spend so much of our time rushing around doing stuff, that we rarely have time to pay attention to what is in front of us. Even when we do stop for a moment, we may be so caught up with whatever is going on in our heads that we still don't look around us. Our thoughts are usually not in the present moment at all. They're bound up in thoughts of the past or plans for the future - and these are often regrets of the past and fears for the future. In other words, we spend so much time thinking about what didn't happen and what might never happen, that we miss the only thing that is ever real. The present moment. What is happening now.
And what is this exactly?
If you allow your body and mind to fall still for a moment, you may find that there is a peace and stillness present in the space around you that you hadn't previously noticed. If you don't find it amongst the crowds, then go somewhere where you are alone. A garden would be ideal. Or into the country, or by a stream. It is easier to find in some places than in others. But it is always present if we can be aware.
And in this stillness, there is something else: a subtle, vibrant energy, an aliveness which seems so palpable that we might be surprised we'd missed it before. This is the flower at the side of the highway: beautiful, peaceful, and bursting with life. The secret of life is to carry this awareness with as we travel, so that every moment of our lives is just as alive.
Thanks to those of you who commented on my previous post about the Conversations With God books, especially Cosmic Sunshine, who contributed an invaluable summary of the later books in the series. See those comments here.
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