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1: JUST THIS It all boils down to now, this moment. The experience you are having right now is it. The present moment is life—it's what is real. And the moment is just what it is. You can love it or hate it, but you still just have this moment.
Experience Being in the Moment. What do you notice? What makes up this particular moment?
What sounds? Sensations? Inner experiences
or sensing? Sights? Also notice what thoughts and feelings might be here, but just notice them and then return to noticing everything else that's part of the moment, your body against the chair, your eyes reading these words, the sensations that are part of being alive.
The ego is convinced tha the present moment isn't good
enought and that it can't be happy yet. It is always trying to improve on the present moment, but instead, it ruins it with its dissatisfaction. It tells us the present moment would be better if: "if I had more money," "if I were in a relationship," "if I were thinner," "if I were better looking," "if I lived somewhere else," "if that hadn't happened," "if I hadn't…," "if I had…," and on and on.
Those are all lies. None of those things change your experience of the moment unless you believe they do. If you believe you need anything else to be happy,you won't enjoy the moment. You won't really let yourself fully experience it. If you don't believe you need anything more to be happy than what's here right now,you discover you have everything you need.
You don't need anything more than the experience you are having right now. It's enough. It's plenty. It's perfect just as it is. It was designed for you, given to you. All you have to do, and all you have ever had to do is accept this gift. Take it and let it in. Let yourself experience the present moment just as it is. It doesn't get any better than this. That is the simple truth the ego refuses to accept, and it will suffer as long as that is the case.
No amount of spiritual seeking will ever make a difference unless you accept this simple fact: This is it. Seeking promises much more—the constant bliss the ego is after, which will never be, not in this dimension. This isn't bad news, but really good news. It's bad news to the ego because the ego is convinced that the present moment isn't good enough and that it can't be happy yet.
But it's very good news for the you who is waking up out of the ego: There's something else here besides the ego's striving and dissatisfaction. Peace and happiness are right here, right now for everyone—anyone, that is, who is willing to ignore the ego's dreams of glory, success, and unending happiness and pleasure.
The ego's dreams are just that, and they keep us from being present to life just as it is and discovering what a gift it is just as it is. The ego can get really angry when confronted with the truth. It doesn't want life to be the way it is! That is the perennial problem and why people suffer so—they take on the ego's point of view. But if you just let yourself drop out of the egoic mind and into the experience you are having right here, right now, you can discover a quiet peace and contentment that's beyond the ego, which can be your ongoing experience of life.
This that you are is always content. When you aren't paying attention to the ego's dreams, desires, and discontentment, there is an opportunity to discover what's content with this life. That is the real you. You are meant to be happy, not because you have attained or achieved
something, but because it's possible to experience the ever-present happiness of your true self. It has always been possible for you to be happy; it's only a matter of discovering who or what is always happy.
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