Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Living the Moment
By Micky Wolf
For sure, life is full these days. In a good way. Nonetheless, I am only too aware, at times, of the need to take a deep breath and just ‘be’. And as someone who espouses the importance of this lifestyle perspective, how could there ever be any hope—or for that matter, authenticity in what I share—if my choices and actions were not grounded in a truth applied, first and foremost, to my own life.
Most of us tend to believe “be-ing” means sitting in a corner somewhere “doing nothing” — nothing meaning there will be no visible or concrete evidence of value when we decide to get up and get moving again. Well, nothing could be further from the truth.
God’s idea of “be-ing” is to be immersed in the present moment. Soaking up the now. Savoring and noticing the little things that too often get past us. And that includes the pleasant and the unpleasant, the painful and the pleasurable. How unfortunate that we tend to believe the consequences of making the choice ‘to be’ eliminates the possibility of having anything to show for our efforts.
A personal momentary reality—I am breathing deeply, being bathed in the muted gold rays of a sun that has been playing hide and seek behind streaks of gray, fluffy clouds most of the day. Nary has a sound interrupted the quiet in my study, except the occasional tapping of my fingers on the keyboard. The welcome aroma of a cup of hot, freshly brewed coffee rises above the mug, a gift from my beloved, which makes me smile every time I take it from the cupboard and fill it to the brim.
Productive? Maybe not. Unless you consider the peace that indwells my heart; the random phrases of prayerful gratitude and thanks that pass through my thoughts; the joy that I feel in knowing that no matter how difficult the challenges we face, the poor choices or mistakes we make, God is still on the Throne and loves each one of us.
At the same time, it does not escape my notice in these precious moments of peace-filled be-ing, that many people near and far are suffering, in the midst of what may seem insurmountable odds to provide even the most basic of necessities for their own needs, or those of their families. And so, I pray for them, that God will provide as He knows best, for their health and wholeness, of spirit, mind, emotions, and body. This might not have happened had I not allowed myself to be enveloped by the moment.
All of which causes me ponder. What if the most significant measurable outcome of be-ing is to experience the greatness and goodness of God—in all things? What if we begin to see that embracing the moment is really more about being intimate with Him, above and beyond anything we could ever imagine possible while living our life here on Earth? What if these moments are pure gift to more fully immerse ourselves in the Great Mystery, simply because that alone is more than enough?
If this kind of momentary “be-ing” results in nothing other than helping us live more Christ-like lives—being and becoming more considerate, patient, kind, and loving persons—then there seems little doubt the difference we can make will far transcend any manner or description of what we thought it meant to produce something in first place.
How do I feel about ‘soaking up the now’? A waste of time?
Am I open to embracing moments of ‘be-ing’?
‘Be-ing’ –as transcendent moments of gift and giving—with God, others and self?