Entering ‘The Now’
See if you can give much more attention to ‘the doing’ than to the result that you want to achieve through it.
Give your fullest attention to whatever the moment presents. This implies that you also completely accept ‘what is’; because you cannot give your full attention to something, and at the same time resist it.
As soon as you honour the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle resolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease.
When you act out of present moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care and love. Even the most simple action.
Do not be concerned with the fruit of your action, just give attention to the action itself. The fruit will come of its own accord. This is a powerful spiritual practice.
When the compulsive striving away from ‘The Now’ ceases, the joy of ‘Being’ flows into everything you do.
The moment your attention turns to the now, you feel a presence, a stillness, a peace.
You no longer depend on the future for fulfilment and satisfaction. You don’t look to it for salvation, therefore you’re not attached to the results. Neither failure nor success has the power to change your inner state of being.
You have found the Life underneath your ‘Life Situation’.
In the absence of psychological time, your sense of self is derived from ‘being’, not from your personal past.
Therefore, the psychological need to become anything other than who you are already, is no longer there.
In the world, on the level of your Life Situation, you may indeed become wealthy, knowledgeable, successful, free of this or that; but in the deeper dimension of ‘Being’, you are complete and whole now.
From Practising the Power of Now, Chapter 3. Written by Eckhart Tolle.
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