Hiking taught me to see things new in each moment. I have some favorite trails up north and although I have hiked them hundreds of times, each hike is different. The forest changes from week to week and even more so with the turning of the seasons. The skies are different. The temperature is different. Trees grow, fall, and decay over the years, and new life rises up from the forest floor. The trails I love are like old friends, somewhat the same, but constantly changing. When I take the time to focus on the forest as if I have never seen it before, wonder, magic, and new treasures are always there to be seen.
Likewise I strive to relate to the people in my life as if they too are similar to what they have been but constantly changing. I have learned not to cling to who a person was yesterday but rather to dance with who they are today. Friends who were once stable and are not now sometimes leave my life. Friends who once close, suddenly become so much closer as they open up to their own hearts. Sometimes I am delighted when people I thought I knew well reveal more of what is inside of them. You can never truly know another human being except in the moment. We are always changing.
I think, as human beings, we try to cling to what is good, and we tend to carry around the pain as well. And yet this is such a huge amount of work. Life becomes far simpler when we can say, “Here I am now. Let me make it the best moment I can. Let me bring my best self to this moment.” And when I do not bring my best self, in the very next moment, I can choose again. The angels have said this many times – God does not keep score. We get to recreate ourselves any moment we choose.
Gazing with Braco has been an adventure in being present. No two experiences are ever the same. One moment I’m crying out a past life and the next I’m watching gold light stream all over the room. One moment I’m feeling my own internal resistance to allowing the energy to expand within me, and the next I’m One with the cosmos. I open up, surrender to the moment and just trust the process. I am approaching life like this more and more, as I continue to practice, and it is a blessed and beautiful experience.
So this week, if you find yourself in a moment you don’t like, ask yourself, “How can I bring more love into the next moment? How can I bring a better me into the next moment?” Watch as your life begins to change!