But what’s absolutely amazing is this. In this moment and any moment, it’s possible to find our way out of suffering and into peace.
That’s why the magic is in the moment.
You don’t need to be concerned with changing who you are or figuring out how to solve all your problems. You can’t erase your painful past. These goals will keep your mind busy forever and won’t bring you the happiness you long for.
The way out of suffering is much simpler, and it boils down to the moment.
The only time you’re suffering—is now, and the only time you can let go of the turmoil of personal stories—is now.
Right now in this moment, you can relax away from the stressful mind and lean into the open, loving space of being aware that is completely at ease with things as they are.
Right now, without any thoughts, you’re not broken and there’s nothing wrong. You discover that you are present, whole, loving, and peaceful...
And this is what’s true in any moment.
Remembering that the magic is in the moment, when you wake up to realize that the conditioned mind has taken you over, it’s cause for celebration. Now you are aware of yourself again!
Here is your golden opportunity to stop and recognize what is present for you.
- Instead of feeding the story of lack and limitation for one more second, you become aware of the breath;
- Instead of embellishing the drama of your emotions, you expand your attention to be aware of physical sensations appearing in your body;
- Then letting go of the breath and physical sensations, you rest in presence, coming home to the peace of your true nature.
You may have this opportunity hundreds of times a day, and that’s perfectly okay. Just do it...in this moment…and the next…and the next…
This is how problems and habits change. There’s nothing to analyze, nothing to solve or figure out. And it takes no time at all.
Realize that you’re suffering, right now, because your attention has grabbed onto personal thoughts and feelings. Then, unhook your attention and let it rest here in presence, unattached to any personal concept.
Your mind will tell you that finding freedom in the moment isn’t enough. It will say that you should always be peaceful and that these mental habits shouldn’t recur. It will scold you for not practicing enough or doing it right.
The mind is running on the assumption that if you were truly free then painful and stressful thoughts would never again visit you. But none of this is true.
Conditioned programming recurs—that’s its nature. It pulls you into ruminating about the past and worrying about what might come.
But enter the timeless now, and you’re home. It’s eternally here, the all-encompassing, naturally welcoming field of presence that holds everything with love.
Love to you,