“Listen to your life.” So many writers have used this simple phrase as a launch point: I would like to introduce one such author to you. Frederich Buechner, American writer (of 30 books) and theologian begins a year of daily meditations with this reminder.
“Listen to your life
All moments are key moments.”
He continues, offering a list of what makes up those sorts of moments, “I discovered that if you really keep your eye peeled to it and your ears open, if you really pay attention to it, even such a limited and limiting life as the one I was living…(it) opens up onto extraordinary vistas. Taking your children to school and kissing your wife goodbye. Eating lunch with a friend. Trying to do a decent day’s work. Hearing the rain patter against the window….” Each of these are key moments.
Being aware of the present strengthens our resiliency. It nurtures our soul, helps us focus on this moment, instead of the last one (which can contain regret), or the next one (which can hold worry). As you move more deeply into this year, consider developing a practice to take in this present moment and breath it deeply.
As Ram Dass said, “Be here now.”