Embracing Now

Desert Rose (FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Desert Rose (FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

For the next 12 weeks, I am participating in Story 201, one of the many amazing course offerings of Story Sessions. As part of the course, we are working our way through a book, The Artist’s Rule, that is already profoundly speaking to my heart.

Reading through the Introduction this weekend, a particular block of sentences leapt off the page to me:

Bringing the mind and heart of a beginner to our lives helps us to discover the wisdom offered in each moment. When we let go of our desire to be clever or successful or to create beautiful things, we may begin to be open to the sacred truth of our experience as it is, not how we want it to be.

We all at some point or another wish that our present circumstances or experiences were something different. We struggle with the tension of things being not quite how we want them to be. And it is easy to fall into the deceptive web of thinking if this thing or that thing would change, then our hearts would actually be able to hold more truth or more wisdom or more creativity. It becomes the trap of always looking to another day and meanwhile losing the beauty of this day.

There is sacred truth in our everyday experiences right now. Exactly as they are. In the midst of the discomfort and the less-than-perfect. We don’t have to wait for things to be what we want them to be or as we think they should be. The next season – whenever it comes – might not even hold the same richness or depth if we have not learned to see the beauty and truth of now.

I realize this is easier said than done. Believe me – I do. Life is hard right now, and I spend most of my days waiting for something to change, anything to change for good. But it is a worthy discipline to embrace, to examine where we are each day and ask, “What is true, even in this moment? What wisdom is offered by these circumstances?” And perhaps the hardest question, but also the most powerful, especially in the hard seasons, would be to lean in close and ask, “Where is the beauty in this moment?”

This is a perspective I am embracing and one I hold out to you – what is the sacred truth of your experience as it is right now?

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