"Be here now.
No other place to be.
All the doubts that linger,
just set them free.
Let good things happen.
Just let them come --
into every moment,
like the rising sun..."
There is something so peaceful about Mason Jenning's "Be Here Now." It reminds us that there is really no other place we can be, but here...now.
But how many hours have I wasted thinking "if only." If only I could be "there," then I would be happy. If only I could be back in a time "when," then I could make changes that would have brought healing. If only I could fast forward and know what was coming, then I could relax and be at peace with things as they are today.
But I clearly remember the day I realized that every one of those hours spent anywhere but here, and now, was time spent focused on something besides God.
God's name -- the only name He give Himself (excuse the gender assigment) is "I AM." So for me to let my thoughts dwell anywhere but in the "I AM" of being -- I am here, I am now -- is to feel separate from God. To feel separate from love, beauty, peace, goodness, grace.
I've spent way too many hours wondering "if only." Wanting to go back and make different choices, live in a different place where I'd have different choices, chase a future where the choices are boundless. But it's all fruitless. I am here. I exist now. This is the truth.
Mary Baker Eddy says, in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:
"The spiritual sense of truth must be gained,
before Truth can be understood."
For me, this says, that until I understand the presence and power of God -- operating as the only Cause and Creator of my life - as it is right here, and right now -- I will never find God, Truth, anywhere else...ever.
Sobering, and beautiful. At least for me.
Shared with love,