Thursday, April 7, 2011

New in Each Moment

Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg likes to talk about the opportunity we have to begin again.

She talks about it in the context of a meditation practice. We might sit and get distracted, or frustrated, or we might just space out. But each time that we catch ourselves, each time we bring ourselves back to following our breath, we can begin again. With no worries of what happened before. Each moment is a new opportunity.

Of course, this isn't true just for meditation. This is true for the rest of our lives, too.

To begin again is always available to us. It's the simplest thing in the world, if we let it be.

Sure, we can (and do) spend a lot of time and energy thinking about how things should have been different. We can be very judgmental of ourselves, thinking we should have been less harsh or more clever or that we should have worked harder or chosen differently.

But none of those thoughts will affect what already happened, or what happens next.

Instead, no matter what has happened before, we can take this moment and begin again.

Have you had any fresh starts that made a big impact on your life? How were you able to let go of the past? I look forward to hearing anything you have to share.


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  1. Just what I needed to hear today, Jeff. Thanks!

  2. Its taken me quite to while to get this!! To take responsibility for my life and to accept that my life is the way it should be - and not worrying about how it "could have been". Once I "got this" it seems my life flows so much more smoothly.