What Is Your Attitude of The Present? -
Let us look at this scenario. A father grabs the opportunity of a family reunion to express his regrets for his attitude to his family in the past. All others appreciate the move. They recognize the remarkable improvement in the father’s present attitude. However, one of his daughters refuses to let go of the past. Bitter and unforgiving, she blames his father for the hardships she had endured in life, and insists that she will be better off in the future without the father. Ironically, she fails to see where she may have contributed to the present situation that she entirely blames on her father. More ironically, she fails to realize how her present attitude will affect her anticipated future. She continues to feed and live the present in bitterness while hoping to attain happiness at some unknown future moment. Are we ever in such a situation?
The Masters have always emphasized the importance of the present moment, THE ‘NOW’ OF TIME. In fact, there is no past, only a present moment perpetually taking a new recognition. Yet, we ought to learn from our experiences, so as to be educated on the present, in the bid to have an improved ‘future.’ The irony and crux of it all, lies in the fact that all is in the present. God lives only in the present, and God is done with creation in this world. Man’s consciousness only has to unfold to manifest what already is.
Today’s present moment will be seen as the ‘past’ when tomorrow ‘comes.’ It is in the present that the “future” is created; yet it is in the present that the expected “future” is manifested, lived, and experienced. The present moment is a continuous thing, a constant state of flux, always alive and flowing, yet always the same. The eternal now-in-the-now of every moment. A paradox of immense proportion. The state of being in which Soul exist.
Change is constant, and it is in the present that change is initiated, yet it is in the present that change comes to manifestation. What will be seen in the “future” is only the manifestation of what is created in the present. A sort of recognition of the finished creation. This is only my understanding, and I am still learning, but what do you think?
How important and how helpful is it for us to be wary of our present attitudes and of what we feed the present, while looking forward to the “future.” I am only asking?
ATTITUDES OF THE PRESENT
And when we come upon the path
By the guidance of the revealing light,
And when we are purged to some extent
By the cleansing of the sustaining sound,
We come upon the moment in life,
When our past lacks any consequence,
And our attitude becomes important,
While our past deeds loose relevance.
Yet again, we apply discrimination
In spiritual thoughts and actions too,
Dwelling on matters of spiritual progress,
While skipping things that waste our time.
And in this state, we come to know
Events of life as the working of God,
Recognizing the truth that all is one,
Woven together by the web of love.
*This Essay is taken a book by Oliver Mbamara, Esq. Titled
“Why Are We Here?”
A collection of essays and poems
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