The most important moment of my life

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  1. Edwin

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    I am re-reading the book " the Quiet " by Paul Wilson again.

    As he moves towards the different meditation techniques he covers in his book, he also talks about stuff that is recognised in Buddhistic teachings as well as in the teachings of Eckhart Tolle.

    One thing that resonated with me ( as I tend to worry about the future quite a lot ) was to let go of my need to control, and to trust my instincts to deal with them as soon as it enters the "now". I am able to do this in meditation, so why not in life ?

    What also resonated with me is the question:

    What is the most important moment of your life ?

    I immediately started to think back in my memory, as I am conditioned that way. I didn't think of anything that could be described as "most important". A lot of lovely moments, my marriage, the birth of my children, but nothing could be filtered out as the single most important moment. So I thought that it might come in the future, that I haven't experienced the most important moment in my life yet. But how can I know when that will be ?

    But of course, and you might have guessed it, that most important moment in my life is the moment I am in right now, the one I am living in.
    All that exists, all there is, is the now. The future can to some point be anticipated, but never controlled. The past is only memories, and the only moment you can deal with choices made in the past, is now.

    So, I now keep reminding myself throughout the day:

    This is the most important moment of my life !

    I get wonderfull peace from that knowledge, and feel gratitude for living it.
     
  2. pollyanna

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    Wonderful Edwin :) :) :)
     
  3. sliccy

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    Thank you for posting this Edwin.
     
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    What is the most important moment of your life ? has been one of the personal innovative ice breaker questions i had to answer during one of the courses i have started two weeks ago and have not yet found an answer to it clearly as i had lots of importaint moments popping up in my mind but couldn't highlight the most one , probably because i couldn't see "now".
    Thank you.
    always enjoy reading your post Edwin because there is so much to learn from.
    daffodil
     
  5. Ravo

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    Thanks Edwin,

    I was just running a "diatribe" through my mind.....ie This weeks bills, the guy at work who irritates me, the car needs a service, is my job secure, what about my daugthers uni bill.....blah blah blah....then I read your post....

    Thanks


    Cheers


    Ravo :):):)
     
  6. Edwin

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    Thanks for the nice comments guys :)

    I have to keep reminding myself as well, a lot of times Ravo.
    When you have your own business your head seems to be filled with this kind of chatter all the time, just like yours. One would almost forget that nothing can really hurt the "real" you. I have only my ego to lose.
     
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    Yeah, we do have to keep reminding ourselves as our mind goes off all the time. With practice it becomes easier and more frequent.

    I think the best way I have of putting what you have posted about in your first post Edwin is:

    The future is created from the past, so the only truth is in the present.

    Hugs

    Giles
     
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    Thank you Edwin. This is a very precious realisation and a wonderful life practice. Thank you.

    Olmate
     

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