Precious Present

Precious present

"God speaks to every individual through what happens to them moment by moment. The events of each moment are stamped with the will of God ... we find all that is necessary in the present moment."  Jean Pierre de Caussade, Abandonment to Divine Providence. Synthesis Today, Quote for August 8, 2018,

Turner winning pinewood derby

Turner winning pinewood derby

 We spoke earlier about Spencer Johnson’s famous book about living in the present called, The Precious Present. (A Daily Spiritual Rx for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany).  CS Lewis writes that God speaks to us in the present, not in the past or future. Many mindfulness exercises are about getting into the present moment, living in the present moment, as are many of our spiritual practices such as walking the labyrinth, using the rosary, waiting in silence, walking meditation.

Anthony DeMello in Sadhana teaches us that living in our body and not living out of our head keeps us grounded. Our bodies are what keep us in the present moment. Our mind is always in the future or the past.  Spending time in nature connects us to the present. The trees photosynthesize, transform the energy within us to see  beauty. Beauty keeps us in the present. Being and playing with children keeps us in the present, for that is where they live.