I’ve always had a natural affinity with paradox – a statement or situation that seems contradictory because it includes two (or more) details or qualities that apparently contradict each other.
In fact it feels expansive for me to explore the space of truth that paradox points towards beyond the grasp of my rational mind.
The New Now
Last week I wrote about the alpha energy of the New Year being an excellent time for a fresh start with regard to exploring what priorities I feel most drawn to focus on next in all areas of my life.
And that certainly is the case.
My approach is to dive deeply into what really resonates for me in the “new Now” and then set some preliminary intentions and actions to guide my first steps.
So far, so good.
The Eternal Now
The paradox in this situation occurs because I know full well that the only moment which truly exists is the eternal Now.
So how can I (or you) plan for a future that doesn’t actually exist?!
The answer lies in realizing fully a truth that is one of my guiding lights for living consciously and creatively through all the different forms that takes.
The future arises from who you are and the actions you take in the present moment.
When you inhabit the Now completely, your perspective on the “future” arises from an expanded state of unlimited potential.
This sets you free to play with possibilities without any attachment to outcomes as long as you make it a priority to remain in a state of presence.
Then you can feel your way into what’s calling you right now and craft some preliminary plans in the knowledge that the details will unfold from who you are and the actions you take in each and every moment.
A Gap in the Past-Future Continuum
Spiritual teacher and bestselling author Eckhart Tolle puts it like this:
“Present-moment awareness creates a gap not only in the stream of mind but also in the past-future continuum.
Nothing truly new and creative can come into this world except through that gap, that clear space of infinite possibility.”
Creating the Best Conditions
Every moment contains the potential for a fresh start.
And when you combine that awareness with the collective energy focused on new beginnings at seasonal turning points, you create the best conditions for all that you’re here to be and do to manifest.
The Secret of Transformation
So mapping out your ideas for changes to be made in the “future” ideally needs to start by inhabiting the present moment fully.
As Buddhist monk, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh confirms, “The present moment contains past and future. The secret of transformation lies in the way we handle this very moment.”
What are your thoughts and feelings about there being a fresh start in every moment? Please share your comments below. Thank you!