The immediacy of now

If you abandon the present moment, you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply"—Thich Nhat Hanh

The immediacy of your life
demands that you pay attention now,
be present here and now,
and tend to the aches,
the tiredness,
the fear,
the sadness,
the anger,
the hopelessness,
the helplessness,
the confusion,
the shame
as and when it arises.

Your plans and to do lists are
interesting, and cute
but life operates far more intelligently
than you may understand.
Every feeling you have deferred,
and creative impulse denied
will call and pull at you
until you listen.

You may think you can use
your creative doing,
your service,
your spiritual offering
to bypass all the discomfort
that arises now,
but you can't.

You may think you know
a better way,
a quicker way,
have bigger and better ideas for your life
than the breath that holds us all.

Put down your pen,
your paint brush,
your healing hands, 
your hammer,
your cooking spoon,
your phone.

Look up and in.
Tend to your own discomfort
that you have ignored or denied.
Meld into your own aliveness
awaiting your experience and expression.

This is not a journey of destination and arrival
but of being wholly here,now.