What does it mean to be present? Is it posture dependent? Is it something we can strive for is it something we find when all else falls away? The Buddha said that the root of all suffering is desire. When I meditate can I let go of craving? When I sit and lean forward do I lean into the future? When I lie down do I immerse myself in the ocean of the past?

What does it mean to be present? When the bird sings does it do so to attain something or does it sing for the pure joy of being alive?

What does it mean to be alive? What is required? Is breathing enough? Or is to be alive to be present? Is not everything contained within this moment? Is not every historical conquest contained within one conscious breath?

And what is a conscious breath? Is there anything else I really need to do in this life? Is there anything I can do to change the circumstances of this life? Do I need to?

Can total acceptance of all that is and of who I am be attained through one conscious breath?

Enlightenment is never further away than the next conscious breath.


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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com


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