‘Be Here Now’ is the distilled teaching of my spiritual practice, Ishayas’ Ascension.
That’s what I am told by those in the know. But what does it mean to ‘be here now’? Of course I’m here right now, where else would I be?
Well, what I’ve realised is that my thoughts can be anywhere in the future worrying about what is to come, or off in the past, feeling regret, guilt, sadness or anger about a multitude of things that are past and gone. So I’m not really ‘here now’ when that happens.
So how does this teaching translate into my every-day life? It doesn’t mean that I don’t have strong emotions or feelings, but I’ve found that if I stay present and let them roll through my being without adding anything to them, they just roll on past, rather like a dark cloud passes by to reveal a blue sky.
Recently I was looking after my grandchildren. The two boys had had a scrap and when I managed to separate them, the elder one had a ferocious look on his face. I asked him what he was feeling. A little shaken by the reply, I managed to calmly tell him that if he just allowed himself to feel the feeling without taking it out on his brother, that it would go away. I was really putting this teaching to the test!
He walked out into the garden and looked intensely at the plants for a few moments. His younger brother went outside to see what he was doing – and so did I. He then turned around with a smile on his face, picked his brother up, gave him a squeeze, and said – ‘let’s go and play.’
I love it when these teachings work so seamlessly. Needless to say this was a huge ‘phew’ moment, but rock on ‘Be Here Now’ – if a nine year-old child can do it that easily, it might catch on and then war and strife would be obsolete. Love you all out there.