This Moment Is All You Need

BY Parvati

If you meditate, you may know of the space between breaths, the momentary pause that exists between the inhale and exhale. It is the space between thoughts that opens the gateway to the underlying reality of pure consciousness beyond the grip of the thinking mind.
Athletes and artists touch this place when they are surrendered to their task and time dissolves, the sense of separate self is gone and all that exists is the perfection of what is. Lovers touch this place when life feels perfect, whole, as though million-watt bulbs were just turned on and everything bloomed into technicolour. Heroes touch this place when they throw all caution to the wind and dive into a seemingly impossible situation, experiencing the momentary death of their ego, expanding into the realm of eternal possibility.
This moment, eclipsed a billion times each day, has within it all we need. Free from the wanting that comes with thoughts of the past and projections into the future, this moment is complete unto itself. The thing is, we are the ones who eclipse it. Due to our habits, our thinking, we cut ourselves off from the fullness of living. This is great news. If we are the ones who cut ourselves off, we can reconnect.
When you unearth yourself from the burden of limiting thoughts, you discover that in the perfect now, you have all you need. You begin to live in “I am” consciousness, that is, in the flow of pure consciousness arising. This is not dependent on thoughts like “I am a doctor. I am a mother. I am a swimmer. I am a gymnast,” etc. You are simply “I am.” When you add descriptions after that simple truth, you add an I-dentity, a label, a story over what is. You become identified with your actions, rather than rooted in surrendered being.
We are human beings, not human doings. Our value is in our beingness. Though we may do beautiful or horrific things, our inherent goodness lies beyond that. We are born of the infinite. To the infinite we must return.
The very energy of life is dynamic. We hold on tight to the notion of “doing” to grab onto some sense of solidity, some sense of control, some sense that we, our perception of a divided self, matters. From that perspective, we fear that if we were to simply be, we would turn into a puddle and do nothing. We fear we would not know how to even get out of bed in the morning because we would melt into an amorphous oblivion.
But as you start to let go of the idea of I-dentity, the I-dea of being an I-solated I-sland, separate, fighting for a sense of self-importance, you begin to touch a sacred dance that has been carrying you all along. You then see that the fear of doing nothing, if you were to let go of the idea that you are the doer, is in fact not at all possible, because all that is, is dancing. When you are in non-resistance to what is, you are like a cosmic dancer within life’s sacred dance.
When you live on auto-pilot and do not question the nature of reality, you believe that you are the doer. You believe you are in control, in charge, creating our lives. But do you really have control? Perhaps it seems so, for limited times. You may feel you made it this far and got the job you wanted or you succeeded at completing a daunting task. You may feel proud until you find yourself fired from your job or your task starts to go awry.
What is it that moves life forward? What force propels evolution? Mystics will say that this is the force of life and it is divine. We have no control over it. It is our folly, our misperception due to our limited senses, to think that we are doing, when in fact we do nothing at all.
It is when we get out of the way that our lives flow. The tighter we hold on, trying to get it all perfect and right, the further we move away from the reality that all that already is, is perfection. We squeeze the life right out of life.
When you pause, when you open, when you begin to truly see, you feel immense power in the reality that you have no control, not because you are not powerful, but because you are powerful beyond belief. You have no need for a finite sense of control. You see that the idea of “I” is finite, a limited lens through which you see life, but is not the whole picture. You begin to understand that “I am” is more than enough. It is all that is.
Until next time,
Love yourself.
Love others.
Love our world.
We are one Earth family.