Hello my fellow human Beings:
We all have goals in our lives – to get a new job, to be in a long-term committed relationship, to be a parent, to develop our meditation practice, to become more enlightened and connected to each other and the truth.
We may set S.M.A.R.T. goals or aspirational goals.
Goal-setting helps us to stretch, grow and have hope.
But sometimes, we may get too focused on the end result of achieving the goals that we forget that there are many lessons and rewards in the journey too.
Sometimes we get too worried and anxious about doing all the “right” things to get to the end goals. We may focus on the past and all the things we didn’t do, or second-guess our actions, because we haven’t seen our goals materialized yet. We may focus our attention on the future and worry about how much more still needs to be done to achieve our goals. By looking to the past and the future, we forget to be in the present moment, fully experiencing the here and now of our journey.
Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hahn notes:
“Walk slowly. Don’t rush. Each step brings you to the best moment of your life, the present moment.”
Even though our journey may be long and the path may be winding, we need to remember to trust in the knowledge of our practice, the guidance of our Source, and that all will be revealed at the appropriate time. There is much to be learned and experienced on the journey, in each step on the path.
Chinese Taoist philosopher, Lao Tzu said:
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Although the road ahead may seem endlessly long and daunting, we won’t progress towards our goals unless we take a single step. Step by step, step by step, we progress on the journey. There may be twists and turns on the path, or we may take a few steps forward and then some steps back, but we need to be committed to the journey, to persevere on the path, and trust in the process. As we continue on that journey, in steps 74, 182 or 379, we may get discouraged and feel dismay that we will not reach our goals. We may want to throw in the towel and give up. But at these times, we need to remember to trust in the process, be fully present in the moment, and experience the message of this step of the journey.
Thich Nhat Hahn reminds us that there is beauty to behold in each step of the path, we just need to trust and be fully in the moment to experience it. He writes:
“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but in this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, a gentle wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”
So I encourage you not to give up, but instead to find time daily to PAUSE, to be still, to connect to your Source and remember why you are on this journey. Be fully present in the here and now. Trust and BE. … and live abundantly now!