Friday, April 09, 2010

The Joy of Being

Once upon a time I wrote something about my little 'As in Knitting, As in Life' mantra. Just after I finished up my post adoring my Flamboyance Yarn from afar and yearning for the next new thing, I read a section in The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle that brought this reflection home again. I thought I would share some of his words that I'm trying to learn to inhabit as I work on the lovely Levens.
"As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out of present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care and love - even the most simple action.

So do not be concerned with the fruit of your action - just give attention to the action itself. The fruit will come of its own accord. This is a powerful spiritual practice. In the Bhagavad Gita, one of the oldest and most beautiful spiritual teachings in existence, non-attachment to the fruit of your action is called Karma Yoga, It is described as the path of "consecrated action."

When the compulsive striving away from the Now ceases, the joy of Being flows into everything you do. The moment your attention turns to the Now, you feel a presence, a stillness, a peace. You no longer depend on the future for fulfillment and satisfaction - you don't look to it for salvation."

6 comments:

Bells said...

I've felt that. Not often, but I know I have. I mean to read more of his work. Thanks for the reminder.

Marianne said...

Exactly! :^)

Lynne said...

It's often so hard to live in the moment and not be thinking about the next thing (or two or twenty!).

Rachel said...

Beautiful words to remind us to live in the moment...something quite difficult for me. Thanks for sharing!

Helsbells said...

Wow what an amazing quote. This is quite a revelation to me. I want to live more in the moment. My husband is always telling me that if I worry so much about the future I will miss the present. Thankyou so much for posting this.

Fiona said...

that quote was exactly what I needed to hear today. I was focusing on the fruit (or lack thereof) and forgetting about the action.

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