By Silver Eagle Dreamer
By Silver Eagle Dreamer
The end of the road... the light at the end of the tunnel....the answer to a question... All of these expressions describe a destination. You are either trying to get somewhere from where you imagine yourself to currently be, or looking forward to the time when the objectified goal is attained and all will be 'different' somehow - you will be changed forever. This is how many things in our lives are taught to us. You memorize for a test - the end goal being the successful completion and passing of the test. In a spiritual life though, it's very different. Success is seldom in the destination, it's in the journey.
Imagine yourself walking through the woods. The goal is to make it to your friends home in time for lunch- basically to get from one end of the forest to the other. At the time you begin to walk - the destination is all you're thinking about. The wood are just there.. something to be gotten through. You step over fallen branches, duck under low ones, wave away a bee or two - your mind intent on reaching your outcome. This has a way of blocking out everything you could experience along the way and pumping all energy into 'getting there.' You look at your watch and you're running late. Now - pressured by your expectations, you pick up the pace in hopes of reaching the target faster. You trip a few times, pick yourself up and begin again - pushing for the destination. Finally you reach it with two minutes to spare! Good for you.
In real life, sometimes this is the way things work. If you try to accomplish a goal this way in your spiritual life - you may get there... but look at what you missed along the way....brilliant wildflowers, berries peaking out of tiny green leaves, trees with trunks so wide you probably couldn't put your arms completely around them and the sound of rushing water in the distance. The sunlight filters through the canopy, sparkling as a warm breeze tussles the branches about. Every moment, something in the forest changes - a caterpillar moves and inch closer to the leaf he is hungry for - a bird calls out to another - a chipmunk scurries away from your footfalls.
Every moment you change - you take a different breath, another cell divides, you move your foot or shift in your seat. When you pour all your energy into the 'goals' of life, you completely miss the moment of experience. When you miss the moments, you miss the substance of the journey and the joys of unnoticed discovery.
Each moment is a world unto itself witnessed in your own particular way, in your own unique perspective. That moment will never be again. What is in the experience of a moment, spiritually speaking? Try, for a moment (pardon the pun) to imagine yourself without somewhere to go - something to do or someone you need to be for someone else. Now focus your attention on each breath cycle - in and out. Gradually hone your awareness to a single breath at a time. Allow yourself to be within that single breath for just a moment. It can be quite an amazing realization.
Think about it, you breathe all the time and have you ever experienced one of them with the fullness of conscious awareness? Each moment is like a single breath of experience. Within that allowance of the experience is the real prize of spiritual development and growth. And you didn't need a 'goal' to get there, you simply allowed yourself to be aware of it. What other areas of your life would this method work?
Food for thought...