Change is upon us here at the bookstore. Many things have happened in our small world of books. Teresa was recently promoted to manager, two of my coworkers are getting ready to welcome new additions to their loving families. Many of us are getting ready to start the next semester of college (including me). Public school has recently started. Several other things are happening in the bigger world as well. We have a new president and our nation is expecting dramatic changes in the political realm. Change is all around us.
In times of change it is important to savour what we have and who we are. I am getting ready to start my last semester of my bachelors degree. This is a huge change. Along with this change I had to make some big decisions about who I am and what I want to do with my life. Long ago I realized that I love school and I especially love college. So, I decided I would get my masters and doctorate degrees. I also do not like waiting for change. Because of these things I decided I would be going to grad school immediately after finishing my bachelors degree. However, things have recently become present that have forced me to halt my fast track in life. Because I was forced to stop and look around I realized something important about life. The best things in life are worth waiting for, working for, loving for, providing for, and hurting for. Sometimes, even when we poor our hearts into what we want so badly, we are forced to stop, look around and realize the great gift that life has provided for us. Wanting and hungering for something is beautiful. We have to live in the present moment in order to have a insatiable need for a better life.
I am making a promise to myself that I will live life consciously. I will be happy in this moment while I strive to live in the next moment more consciously than the last. I will appreciate what I have. I will remember that all of the love and pain leads to a higher consciousness that can only be attained when THIS life is lead to its capacity.
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh has written several wonderful books on Buddhism. One of my favorites is Present Moment, Wonderful Moment. This blog posting is based on the ideas in Present Moment, Wonderful Moment. Books are wonderful, they help us to supercharge our consciousness. Without this book I would not be able to appreciate the present moment.
If you are interested in purchasing this book at your local, independently owned bookstore, or borrowing it from the local library here is the ISBN number:
Present Moment, Wonderful Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh, ISBN: 9781888375619
"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air,but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle." - Thich Nhat Hanh