Letters to Jesus (Perspectives and Perceptions) -12
Our mind is the one mode of transportation that can take us anywhere we want anytime, without costing us a cent. It is even capable of time-travel, forward or back. Yet, as Ralph Waldo Emerson has said, “What we leave behind, or what we look forward to is nothing compared to what we have within.” But it is toward that venue that our minds are ostensibly least inclined to visit.
We are enraptured of fond memories of the past: good times, places visited, family events, holidays, vacations, accomplishments, etc. Then too there are the anxious expectations of future events where our imagination is fueled by our anticipation. Our minds go in these directions almost automatically. But we must, it seems, force our minds to dwell in the present moment – in the deep, most precious part of our being. The realization that that trip is a destination we can make (though the effort often puts us off) is something we come to only with careful consideration.
Spending time, lost in a reverie of recollected or anticipated moments, may be delightful but it centers quite obviously on the self. How often do we lose ourselves in the memories or anticipations of others? Or, even more unlikely, how often do we consider their present moments and their lives within? It is that inner life in ourselves and others that Emerson spoke of. To whatever point our mind takes us the only true reality is now; and now is where we meet our true inner self which is You.