Daily Angel Oracle Card: Moment to Moment, from the Osho Zen Tarot Oracle Card deck, by Osho
Moment to Moment: “As this figure moves across the stones, he steps lightly and non-seriously, and at the same time absolutely balanced and alert. Behind the swirling, ever-changing waters we can see the shapes of buildings; there appears to be a city in the background. The man is in the marketplace but at the same time outside of it, maintaining his balance and able to watch it from above. This card challenges us to move away from our preoccupations with other spaces and other times, and stay alert to what is happening in the here and now. Life is a great ocean in which you can play if you drop all your judgments, your preferences and the attachment to the details of your long term plans. Be available to what comes your way, as it comes. And do not worry if you stumble or fall, just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, have a good laugh, and carry on.
The past is no more and the future is no yet: both are unnecessarily moving in directions which do not exist. One used to exist, but no longer exists, and one has not even started to exist. The only right person is one who lives moment to moment, whose arrow is directed to the moment, who is always here and now; wherever he is, his whole consciousness, his whole being, is involved in the reality of here and in the reality of now. That is the only right direction. Only such a man can enter into the golden gate. The present is the golden gate. Here and now is the golden gate… and you can be in the present only if you are not ambitious, no accomplishment, no desire to achieve power, money, prestige, even enlightenment, because all ambition leads you into the future. Only a non-ambitious man can remain in the present. A man who wants to be i the present has not to think, has just to see and enter the gate. Experience will come, but experience has not to be premeditated.”*
The only true experience of the present is to release expectation, fear, worry, anxiety and pain. Clearing your head of the past and releasing control of the future we can be in the true now. The only moment we ever have the capability of experiencing… if we allow it. In this world of technology, where we are obsessed with what has happened to us and where we are going, what we will accumulate and how long things will take, it is very easy to lose track of the present moment.
For example, stop now and take a deep breath. Follow your breath from your nose all the way into your belly and back out. Is this the first breath you have been fully aware of today? Hold one hand up in front of your face and really look at it. This will anchor you into the present moment. Plant your feet on the ground, or better yet, the bare earth. Feel the grounding powers of being reconnected to the Earth. These are all ways to bring yourself back into the Now.
And remember, this is where your life takes place. Moment by moment.