Coming Into the Present Moment
- by Philip St. Romain; all rights reserved
Sin--missing the mark. In the context of time. to miss the moment of God, which is the NOW.
Why do we miss the Now? We are somewhere else.
Where are we? In the past, or the future, or simply elsewhere (self-regarding thoughts and fantasies).
Fragmentation of the spirit as useless thinking/mental static. Each such thought makes a claim on our attention. For most, the ego self is more or less constantly disturbed by such thinking. This is considered "normal" life.
The True Self stands outside of this flow, but most people don't experience this except in moments of un-self-consciousness, which are few and far between.
Coming more fully into the moment calls for several disciplines, each of which reinforce the other.
1. Present moment awareness.
2. Non-judgmental acceptance.
5. Faith and Trust: Affirmations
To what extent does our religious involvement help us to be more attentive, more forgiving, more benevolent, more trusting?
To that extent alone is it--even its dogmatic tradition and, especially, its moral teaching and devotional practices--spirituallv relevant. All the rest is distraction and ego-gratification.
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