“Be happy in the moment; that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” – Mother Teresa
Every time I feel frustrated by where I am versus where I want to be, I am reminded that all I really have is this moment. If I focus on being what I want to be right now, then I don’t need to worry about whether I’ll make it in the future. I can only do it now anyway. The thing is, all of the now’s add up to my future.
Ilchi Lee recently emphasized this:
“A person who lives well for a day will also live well for a week. You need to live well for a week to live a good month, and if you live well for a month, you will live well for a year. This is how important your each and every day is.”
Even a day is composed of a series of now’s. I will begin now, and be now.
This is a screenshot of a Tumblr post by the White House that I saw this morning. I didn’t watch the State of the Union last night, and I don’t know what to think or feel about the state of the Unites States, my homeland. But when I read this, I felt it was true. At least, I want these ideals we hold as a country to be true. I also want it to be true within myself. These are my own ideals. To make them more than just a philosophy or ideal, I need to remember them all the time. They need to affect me and my actions.
Ilchi Lee said recently that if we put energy behind information and enough energy accumulates, then that information becomes material. If I don’t notice what information I am really focused on throughout the day, then I’m being created by information instead of using information to create the reality I want.
By only paying attention and giving energy to the negative side of things, I’m only making that side grow. But everything has more than one side.
I saw a video recently of the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA). A Korean singer named CL was one of the performers at the award show. I’ve seen her work before, both as a soloist and as a part of the group, 2NE1. I like her, but there was a cheesy line in English in one of her singles about which I heard a negative comment from a reviewer that stuck in my head. She had also gained a little weight, which is a big no-no for a kpop star (I think). Her performance took those two potentially negative aspects and turned them around and made them cool. She used them creatively and in unexpected ways to make a performance that was different from most at the show.
I realized later that in order to be able to do that, I really need to accept myself and what I have to offer. Rather than complaining about it or avoiding it, I can use it creatively for my goals. One of those goals is the message above.
So I won’t be afraid to be natural and authentic, open and loving, undaunted by challenge and ever-ready to change. The only information I want to be a “slave” to is the information/energy transmitted by soul.
If you’re curious, this was CL’s performance at MAMA.