The Escape is the Imprisonment. What does that mean?
For me it means that the more you try and escape the present moment, your present life situation, and where you are not only physically but also mentally, the more your dissatisfaction grows and the more unhappy you become.
Whenever I find myself being “unhappy”, “frustrated”, and “mal-contented” because of the way things are in my life, I always turn to this short section of text from Eckhart Tolle’s legendary book “The Power of Now.” It reminds me that resistance to the present moment is futile, because you can’t change it and so in order to tolerate life you have to learn “HOW” to embrace it and make it your friend.
Sometimes this is an impossible task it seems. I know it often is for me.
There are a couple of quotes from this text that I would like to hightlight.
‘Is there joy, ease, and lightness in what I am doing?’
If it isn’t, then time is covering up the present moment and life is perceived as a burden or struggle.’ …. ‘it doesn’t mean you need to change WHAT you are doing, it maybe sufficient to change the how.
How is always more important than “What.”
See if you can give much more attention to what you are doing rather than the result of what you want to achieve through it.
“You cannot give your full attention to something and at the same time resist it.”
Neither failure nor success has the power to change your inner state of ‘being’.
You have found your life underneath your life situation.
Your sense of self is derived from “Being” not from your personal past.
You may be able to achieve success “in the world”, on the level of outside evaluation.
In the deeper dimension of “Being” you are complete and whole now.
I write this because I am reminding myself of these very basic, yet all important truths.
But, I am sharing this because in this time of the Covid19 Virus situation everyone is in a bit of a state of panic or uncertainty for the future. What is going to come of everything and how long will we have to wait until this is over. We are consumed with the element of time, of the worldly, of material things. When now is the best time to take a deep breath, get centered on who we are and who we want to become. We have time now to meditate which is THE practice to stay in the present.
Just try to sit still for a minute, gently and slowly breathing in through the nose and out the mouth and try to focus on a candle light, either real or imaginary, and you will find your mind running to all kinds of topics like a pinball in a pinball machine. You will be thinking about multiple issues in your life, you will be impatiently trying to get this meditation hooey finished so you can get back to being worried about everything.
Staying in the meditation, and not giving in to letting your mind flee the present moment and the thoughts of serenity and peace of the now, you will notice quite easily. Then you take those thoughts and just let them go.
When you act in the peace and serenity of the present moment, you can work on questions, problems, issues, with ease and clarity, not difficulty and confusion.
I realize, that this is the only way for me to be able to cope with the situation I find myself in at present. I invite you to do the same.
“Put your hands to work, and lift your heart to God.”
I know what to do, now I need to do it.
People often believe their answers lies somewhere outside themselves, in another place and time. We conjure up an image of looking at life as being imprisoned and if only we could escape that prison, then we could be free. But the truth is, we must learn to stay imprisoned in the “here and now” and within that prison we can find true freedom deep within our being. You can feel it. It is real. Only then, when you can master the present moment can you find the true value of the moment and glimpse paradise. I wish it for me and for you.