My mother passed away when I was 8 years old, and she was quite a women I’ll tell ya. One day, my father was cleaning the house and he brought something to my awareness: a box of books.
“They are your mom’s,” he said, “You should probably check them out before I throw them away.” To my surprise and delight I found titles such as:
- The Tao by Lao Tzu
- You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
- Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekananda
- Notes to Myself by Hugh Prather
Within the pages of Hugh’s mind, I found a quote that invited me to change my life forever.
“The paradox of progress is that I grow each time I realize I can only be where I am.”
Did you catch that? Read it again, slowly – read it out loud even.
You can ONLY be where you are!
“Duh!” I thought.
I already knew this, but why did it feel so good to consider?
Little did I realize, as a freshman in high school, I was stumbling upon one of life’s greatest gifts: awareness of the present moment, and the power of focus.
So, if you can only be where you are, what do you do there? What does this new yet, obvious concept bring to us?
It brings opportunity. It brings more room to TRUST. It brings a deep breath, and a healthy perspective.
A year later, I learned from Mr. Tolle that “Resistance to the present moment is the cause of all suffering.”
Now, if we can only be where we are, why would it make any sense to resist that?
Accepting your life in any given moment just might be one of the greatest tools and some of the most potent medicine available to our hearts and minds.
The best part, though, is that right after you accept, you have a choice.
What Is Next
So, perhaps we all might benefit by just simply accepting what is. We can ONLY be where we are right now, right?
Thank Goodness! Once you accept, you can let go of all the repetitive mental notions/patterns, the dis-empowering thoughts, and the constant nagging reminders about all the reasons why you dont prefer how your life is working right now. Then, you can make a choice from a place of acceptance to do something different.
Do you want your life to get better? Do you want to make progress with your health, business, family? Do you want more love? More money? More fun? Well, I have some exciting news for you: the progress can, and only will start, from HERE & NOW!
So let’s go!