Maggie and Penny, Buffalo Lodge, Coromandel, New Zealand
It is very easy to fall back into bad habits and get lost in the mostly ridiculous stories we tell ourselves and others. How do we stay focused on the present moment and not lapse into thought, memories and daydreams?
Even when we have the desire to be spiritually oriented, fear and laziness often prevent us from being centered. Merely having an intention is often not enough to counter the strong pull of the belief systems of the various groups we associate ourselves with. The intention must be so strong, it is closer to devotion. All it takes is a strong intention, discipline, and the skills we have learned to maintain our focus. Presence is like a muscle that gets stronger when exercised.
Peace, love and joy is not even a millimeter away from our grasp. All that we have to do is turn our attention to the present moment, and be disciplined about keeping our focus there. We may never go back. Hallelujah. We are awake!
Let's be disciplined about awakening to who we really are.