“There is nowhere to arrive except the present moment.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh
Greetings, friends! Are you snowbound like me? Or are you basking in sunlight? Whatever you are, enjoy it!
This past Thursday local schools were cancelled for the day due to a dusting of snow Wednesday evening, but the day was clear as a bell and life went on as normal, albeit without school. Friday the snow and ice came in abundance. It wasn’t a historic event. It was a lasting event that continues until today and likely through this Wednesday. What are we to do when nature forces us to slow down?
A couple of years ago it wasn’t snow but wind and rain that slowed us down. A ferocious storm hit us one afternoon and knocked down trees and power lines all over our area. It was a mess. Again, we were forced to slow down.
If I were to recount what I wound have done, absent snow, all weekend and into today and tomorrow it would be a dizzying list. I get stir crazy easily; I like to stay on the move. Unfortunately it takes big events to slow me down, yet when I slow down I become re-aware of the power of today’s quote. In all our running around, our desperateness to achieve, become, do, we lose sight of the one sure place we have: now.
Being force into “now” is difficult at first, but shortly we begin move with the slower rhythm, prioritize at the slower pace, and accomplish at a remarkable level. Even the greatest athletes say their success is greatest when the game slows down in their mind. Scientific study after study proves the power of now: we are at our best when we master the present moment. Are you feeling frenetic these days? Are you busy chasing the next moment? Has your energy been sapped in an endless pursuit of a treadmill life? Slow down! Be at peace! Be now and watch achievements grow, even as the snow melts! Have a wonderful week.