"The Diamond Sutra says, 'The past is ungraspable, the present is ungraspable, the future is ungraspable.' So all of us in this room; where are we? Are we in the past? No. Are we in the future? No. Are we in the present? No, we can't even say we're in the present.
"All we can say is, 'We are this very moment.' And because there's no way of measuring it, defining it, pinning it down, even seeing what it is, it's immeasurable, boundless, infinite. It's what we are."
- Charolette Joko Beck
Every time I get lost in thought or busywork or compulsively check my phone, I run away from from what's actually real.
We all do this. We stay too busy to be present and keep our faces plugged into the internet, constantly inputting data, avoiding the spaciousness and mystery of this moment.
And we lose out bigtime, because the moment is where the magic happens.
It's the only place where everything is possible.
Whether it's with our people, our art, or our practice, we fall in love when we pay attention to what's happening now. We smile when we create. We relax when we give. We laugh when we talk with other human beings. We breathe when we dance. We come alive when we engage with life.
This is why we come together.
May we get with what's real this week, so that we may live the life that wants to live through us, and give all of ourselves to the world.
Happy Monday :)