Reflecting back on this second month of living this year’s word, I feel like I’m learning a lot from simply paying attention. practicing stillness. resisting the urge to live for future plans (or ruminate over regrets). celebrating what’s good about right now.
Two of my regular daily devotions (I’ve mentioned both here before – Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations and The Enneathought, subscribe here) had themes this month that broadened my understanding of present.
Rohr’s Daily Meditations for the week of February 13 were about Meeting God in Prayer. I took a lot of notes from the introductory meditation that week (link here); what it all boils down to – for me anyway – is that embracing prayer as a life stance requires me to learn to live in the present, because that’s the only place to meet God.
The contemplative secret is learning to live in such a now. The now is not as empty as it might appear to be or that we fear it may be. Try to realize that everything is right here, right now. When we’re doing life right, it means nothing more than it is right now… When we are able to experience that, taste and enjoy it, we don’t need to hold on to it. The next moment will have its own taste and enjoyment.
And then a week later, I read this.
When we begin to open, to be present to our lives here and now, miracles start happening.Enneathought Teaching, February 21, 2022
I’m here for it. all of it.
and again, many thanks to Carolyn for hosting this monthly meetup and giving us the opportunity to share these journeys with each other. The accountability and the connection are two powerful parts of the process.