Spiritual Life: Stay In The Present Moment With ‘I Am’

By Janet Griffin
Tri-City Herald

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Rev. Janet Griffin gives us all a reminder of how important it is to stay in the present.

Tri-City Herald

Recently I rediscovered a “secret” that’s been known for thousands of years, taught in the sacred wisdom of many cultures including my own, written about in hundreds of books (some I’ve read!). It’s something I’ve learned and taught, preached and practiced, and repeatedly forgotten.

I totally forgot it during this difficult winter. Stuck at home, I stared at the ice and snow, and willed winter to be over. Impatiently demanding the end of bad weather, I didn’t enjoy the free time the ice and snow gave me.

My lack of peace came from rejecting the present, wanting to be in a wished-for future.

Then just before Christmas, a dear friend was diagnosed with a rare stage 4 cancer. Christmas was holy but hardly merry, as I prayed for the best possible outcome: “When the chemotherapy is over, the cancer’s over too!”

My prayers were all focused on my wishes for her future, largely ignoring what’s happening right now.

Concentrating on the outcome, I missed seeing how her illness has brought so much joy into her daily life. The outpouring of love and support has made each day rich and wonderful. Taking the healing journey one day at a time, she has found joy in receiving acts of love, and in thanking all who have helped.

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