Most of us in the Western world are speeding through our days, focused on technology which keeps us moving and thinking about the next email, appointment, text, meeting, other activities or chores. It appears there is little time for quiet or even to notice all that is in our experience at each moment. It’s quite possible for days and weeks to pass without being present in this moment. How can we live this way and be in touch with ourselves, our experiences, or even the Divine? It’s difficult isn’t it?
I offer for your consideration the following brief practice which you might try daily for a week. Pay attention to its effects.
- Stop 3 times each day, morning, afternoon, and before bedtime. Review your day so far. List 5 small things which brought you pleasure, contentment, a smile, etc. Most of the time these will be small elements common to each day, such as, the morning light, a cup of coffee which tasted especially good, etc.
- After each noticing, express your thanks to God.
- At the end of each day, notice how being present changes how you feel and how you relate to the Divine.
- Especially pay attention at the end of a week of doing this mindful presence exercise to see how your relationship to your life and God has become altered.
Poem by Rumi
Come, Come, whoever you are,
Wanderers, worshiper, lover of learning
it doesn’t matter
Ours is not a caravan of despair
even if you have broken
your vows a thousand times.
Come and come yet again, come, come.
Rumi was a 13th Century Mystic, Sufi, and poet whose writings have continued to be influential throughout the world for over 700 years.