“My heart is at ease knowing that what was meant for me will never miss me, and that what misses me was never meant for me.” Imam Al-Shafi’i
“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But here was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” Fr. Alfred D’Souza
“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” Dr. Seuss
Tomorrow at this time, I’ll be on a plane. Naturally my mind is spinning with all the tasks I need to accomplish today before I leave. I want to write about last night Course discussion, but I know how that sucks me into hours of contemplation and perusing for the proper quotes; I don’t have the luxury of that kind of time today.
Yesterday, while at the nail salon in preparation for the wedding on Saturday, I read some more of Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive (where I found all the above quotes). Although it spends pages citing statistics and making a case for the need to slow down, I am still gleaning enough heart echoes from it to find it worth settling into. I’m too poetic to be satisfied with mere accounting. Give me the juice.
It is a good reminder to drink in the enjoyment of it all. Yes, I have tasks a plenty that want to suck up my day and spin me into anxiety, but I also have the ability to breathe into the moment and find peace. Somewhere amid our discussions last night someone questioned the line “The healer who relies on his own readiness is endangering his understanding.”
What’s the deal with readiness?
It’s an ego trick – it’s the waiting for life to begin. Oh I’ll be ready when…. It’s always in the future. Never now.
And so as I embark on this day filled to the brim with details I need to tend to before I drop out of my regular life for five days, I remind myself to take that teaching with me. I remind myself that everything I need is already here and the only thing that can keep me from experiencing it is my own fear – which is why the miracle is defined as a shift from fear to love. Manage that and the whole world opens before you.
Who knew it was that simple?
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.