My life now is focused on kittens and motorcycles – a very unlikely pairing, or so it seems. But I’ve discovered what they have in common.
- Both bring me great joy and delight
- Both keep me very focused in the present moment
And, perhaps the latter is the child of the former.
For when we are fully present I think our emotions are always clearer and more pure. Bringing our attention, our thoughts and our body to Right Here, Right Now is always powerful.
Yesterday at church our pastor gave a sermon about forgiveness. His mediation was also on forgiveness and the music after the sermon was a rendition of Don Henley’s “The Heart of the Matter” which is also about forgiveness. During the meditation and the sermon I kept thinking of someone in my life whom I’m finding it very difficult to forgive. Just when I get closer to forgiveness a new slight occurs and my anger, hurt and resentment get relit. No, let’s say it as it is: “and ****I***** relight the flames of anger, hurt and resenement.” It doesn’t happen to me, I cause it.
But when the musicians played the Don Henley song I found I could be in the spirit of forgiveness.
And later in the service when Lori sang “America the Beautiful” I wept. I had to put together later why it made me cry (I love this country so much and I grieve for all the foolishness, especially the wars, that get in the way of its greatness).
Music brings me fully present. Like William Congreve said ”