My client emailed, clearly fried and in pain, hoping for a last minute opening.
Once on the table, her deep sigh launched a litany of stresses. It was not time to suggest silence.
Reaching for resolution, she said, “I know everything is all right. Everything is going to be all right.”
I let her words hang in the air a few moments.
Now, or later?
“Which is it?” I asked.
Her expression turned quizzical.
“You just made two very different statements,” I said. “Is everything all right, or is everything going to be all right?”
She laughed and confirmed, “Everything is all right.”
When we are truly present in the moment, today only, we know everything is all right. We can feel it. The rightness of each moment is palpable, there for us to experience when we give the present moment our full attention.
“Everything is all right” centers us.
“Everything is going to be all right” projects us out of the present into an unattainable future fantasy, leaving us powerless, joyless, lost and vulnerable.
What to do?
Everything-is-all-right doesn’t mean it’s spiritual to be passive. Not at all. There are times that require an active response.
How can we know whether to be still or take action?
Start with the stillness of your practice. Once we connect with:
Everything is all right,
We are better able to recognize if action is required, and to take action with skill and compassion.
Being present relocates us from a fantasy fixing land into a place of powerful, joyful creativity.
How has connecting with the present transformed your experience of life, and of yourself?