March 23

Today's quotation:

We nourish the soul when we find value in
the stillness of the moment, recognizing that
the present time is the only time there is.

Gerald Jampolsky

Today's Meditation:

How do you nourish your soul?  We nourish our bodies by eating and resting.  We nourish our intellects by reading or watching thought-provoking movies or programs or listening to inspiring and informative speakers.  But how do we nourish our spirits?

Gerald tells us one way--to recognize and appreciate the value of the "stillness" of each moment.  When he says that the present moment is the only time there is, he means just that--the future never really exists because it turns to present when we experience it, and the past already is gone.  There is no stillness to be found in the future or the past--the only time we can find the stillness in our minds and our hearts is right now, and we do have to look for it.  It doesn't just happen, usually.

Stop for just a moment and take a deep, slow breath, and let it out just as slowly.  Feel the air enter and leave your body, and feel the peace of the moment.

No, really--stop for a moment and do so.  And feel the resulting relaxation that comes from such an action.  Even if it's just a tiny bit relaxing, it still is relaxing, and therefore valuable to your spirit.  Your soul is not nurtured by the hectic daily lives we lead--we may feel a high of an adrenaline rush, but that's a high that affects our bodies, not our souls.  And most people who turn to drugs or alcohol or other stimulants mistake the high that the body feels for something deeper, something that touches the soul.

But the soul needs no stimulation.  The soul thrives in the quiet of the moment, and when we learn to find that whenever we want to, wherever we are, we've taken a huge step towards becoming the people we're meant to be.

Questions to consider:

Is it easy for you to find the peace available in every moment?

Why might we be more interested in finding excitement than the stillness of any given moment?

How easy is it to stay focused on the present moment?

For further thought:

What are you going to do?
Are you going to keep looking
backwards, full of anger,
resentment and unfulfilled desire.
Or are you going to be here now.
Because everything is available
for you in the here and now.
Love, compassion, silence, bliss
and Oneness.

Leonard Jacobson


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