Immortals

We are to think of ourselves as immortals, dwelling in the Light, encompassed and sustained by spiritual powers. The steady effort to hold this thought will awaken dormant and unrealized powers, which will unveil to us the nearness of the Eternal.

-The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translated by Charles Johnston

Why do we push away the present?  Why are we impatient and dissatisfied with what is before us?  It is because we think our time is limited.  We think that, as mere mortals, we can never have enough of all that we desire–not enough time, not enough space, not enough love.  So we grab at those things we think we desire, and we push away those we think we don’t want, convinced that if we do not try to control our life’s experiences, our lives will be wasted.

It doesn’t work.  We do not find happiness by chasing it.  We do not avoid pain by hiding from it.  Life is too big, too complex, for the limitations we would place on it.  It will not allow us to push it away.

How would you live, if you knew that you were truly an immortal?  If you felt, with every fibre of your being, that you would always have all the time in the world, and more?  You would stop rushing.  You would stop clinging.  You would allow yourself to love without fear that love would end.

And if you knew that each moment was precious and irreplaceable, even in a universe that was eternal, you would cherish it.  You would embrace it.  You would not try to fix it , judge it, hurry past it.  You would live as one divine–complete in yourself, complete in the world, at peace with all that is and may be.

For just a moment, try to see the world this way.  Try to see yourself as immortal, dwelling in the Light, sustained and encompassed by spiritual powers.  Then try again, and again, and see what happens.

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