It’s that time of the semester where I have multiple 15-page papers, presentations, books to (start &) finish, & finals to study for and write. 24 for days left in the semester… 24 days until my birthday…when I turn 24. Obviously, I like to do countdowns. I’m the kind of girl who is always looking forward to something. (Like my M.Div graduation…in 404 days…) Yet, I find myself in a constant struggle to embrace the present moment, mostly when life isn’t the happiest.
I just finished The Sacrament of the Present Moment by Jean-Pierre de Caussade for both a research paper and personal interest. He talks about the necessity to confine ourselves to the present moment without taking thought for the one before or the one to come, especially in times of suffering, pain, and unknowing. De Caussade writes, “The present moment holds infinite riches beyond your wildest dreams but you will only enjoy them to the extent of your faith and love.” Throughout the book, the theme of faith is frequent. Times where we can’t see what’s ahead, times we don’t understand why we are experiencing so many trials, and even times when we question, “Wait, why am I here doing this?” …it is those times when faith is our lifeline. For me, faith is the trust in God (someone beyond myself) that my Creator is working all of these trials out for a much bigger plan and purpose than I could for myself.
I’m tired of wishing life away until the next big thing. I long to find true peace…true joy…true happiness…in the present moment. Each day, I’ve tried to identify ten aspects of my present day that I am grateful for. So far on my list today, I’m thankful for the fresh orange juice I squeezed, thankful for the oranges I had, thankful or the money I could buy them with, thankful for the multiple job opportunities I’ve been given just within this past week…
De Caussade urges his readers to embrace the present moment, to see that it is filled with the holy–each moment sacred. I’m definitely a work in progress when it comes to this stuff. He teaches that busyness hides us from ourselves. Sometimes I find myself spiraling in a whirlwind of tangled to-do lists, workouts, assignments, and meetings that I rarely face myself and find God in the midst.
Well, it’s Monday and I have a lot on my week’s to-do list. I’m sure you do too. But before we wish away the week to Friday, let’s pause and embrace the moment. Perhaps, stop to smell the flowers of this blooming spring?!
What are your ways of being fully present in the moment?