Being fully present is a timeless state of being, independent of what is happening around you in the physical world at any given moment.
My friend, the sufi is the friend of the present moment. To say tomorrow is not our way.
Timelessness is your natural state. The present moment patiently waits to welcome you home.
You would measure time the measureless and the
You would adjust your conduct and even direct the course of your spirit according to hours and seasons.
Of time you would make a stream upon whose bank you would sit and watch its flowing.
Yet the timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness,
And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.
And that that which sings and contemplates in you is still dwelling within the bounds of that first moment which scattered the stars into space.
Through its link to the divine mind, the present moment is a portal to infinity and life everlasting.
If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.
While being fully present is a worthy goal, it is how you live in the moment that matters. Surrender to divine will, and your thoughts, words, and actions will naturally align with that which is right.
Melt into oneness with the divine mind and gather all the universe in your loving embrace as distinctions of self and Self drop away as if they had never been.
Stay anchored in the present moment and you will know the joy of living a life without limits. You are serenely centered yet intensely aware that every moment is imbued with infinite depth and power.
Look at everything as though you are seeing it for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
You are fully present in those moments when love and joy consume you. In these transcendent moments, there is no past, there is no future, there is only the loving caress of eternity.
Why aren’t you dancing with joy at this very moment? is the only relevant spiritual question.
How do you practice being fully mindful? Pay attention to what you are paying attention to.
The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
When your attention wanders and you feel pulled in more than one direction, your awareness is fragmented and your happiness is compromised by the stresses of past events and the weight of future expectations.
The less your resistance to what is, the greater your presence. That does not mean that you stop trying to change what is in front of you; it means accepting that you cannot change what has already happened.
Ironically, when you walk into the present moment, the scattered imaginings of your anxious mind fall away and the future unfolds effortlessly and harmoniously.
When you live fully focused in the present, instead of always in plans and efforts for the future, things begin to flow to you from that very future, it seems. Full awareness from moment to moment seems to put you in the cosmic flow where things happen without pushing.
The present moment is laden with gifts. Strive to unwrap each one with eager anticipation and gratitude.
Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.
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