We worry about what is going to happen to us and those we love. We hope for the best, and fear the worst, and lose the time that is at hand wishing and dreading. Now is the only time there is. Now is the time to let ourselves out of the box. To open the doors of the prison, and allow ourselves to walk free. No matter what happens, we are going to have to meet it as it needs to be met. To do that, we have to be at full strength. We have to be able to respond to our life using all of the resources provided by our relationship with the source/core/center/ground of who we are-- out of our close association with our original nature, and the gifts/daemon/shtick/character/ specialties/virtues/knacks/tricks/ assets and forte that came with us from the womb. We practice doing this by intentionally coming forth to meet the moment, here and now, starting right now, by sizing things up, seeing what's what and what needs to be done about it, and doing it, spontaneously, sincerely, without thinking about it, planning it, in light of what is good for us, or what we stand to gain-- just seeing what needs to be done and doing it-- moment by moment. That is the practice that will build the inner relationships with ourselves that will enable us to meet whatever comes, and doing what needs to be done about it. It will also get us out of the rut of hoping and fearing and missing the moment as we live it. Living this moment well prepares us to meet any moment well. Shift your focus. Meet the moment by stepping into each situation as it arises and being what is needed there, day by day, forever.
We live from the heart in the moment. What we want or don't want doesn't have a place in what we do. What we do flows directly from what needs to be done, regardless of what we want, or think, or feel. See what's what. Hear what is being called for in response. Do what needs to be done about it. That's the process for each situation as it arises, and moment to moment within the situation. This is the Emergency Room Readiness Procedure. It doesn't matter what you want, what you think, how you feel. You meet whatever comes through the emergency room door ready to deal with the situation as it arises, with no reaction that fails to meet the moment head-on. Treat everything in your life as though it is coming through some emergency room door. Rise to meet every occasion as it needs to be met no matter how you feel about it. Live as though you live in an emergency room. Allow your action to be directed by what needs to be done, and not by what you want to do. Everybody had rather be somewhere else, doing something else. No one is where they are (Unless they work in an emergency room). Break the trend. Be. Where. You. Are. Doing what needs to be done there. With the resources you were born with and your instinct and intuition leading the way. Responding spontaneously/sincerely to what is called for with the right thing at the right time in the right way, moment by moment throughout your day, everyday. Don't let how you feel about it get in your way.
We respond to our life with what is called for in each situation as it arises out of silence and emptiness. The problem is we are never silent or empty. Being empty is being empty of everything. No desire. No fear. No duty/obligation/responsibility/should/ought/must. No opinion. No concern. No caring. No preference. No anxiety. No motive. Being empty even of the desire to be empty! Understanding that we dance with all of the contradictions, and laugh at the idea of being empty of it all, and be empty of the laughter while laughing. Emptiness and silence are not steady states of being. There are no steady states of being. Emptiness and silence are stages in the flow of life. We move in and out of them as part of the process of being alive. We are not trying to be silent and empty, we are offering ourselves to the experience of silence and emptiness throughout each day, coming and going with the flow of life, moving with the tides of time and place. Which will be a definite improvement over where we are now. Speaking of now, look within right now. See what is there. Empty it out. Keep it up until nothing is there. See how long you can live like that. That is the orientation enabling us to respond as needed to the situation as it arises without thinking first of what it means to us and how we need to steer the outcome to our benefit/advantage/pleasure/etc. We need to do what needs to be done without reference to ourselves. In order to respond appropriately to our life in each moment with what is needed, when it is needed, the way it is needed, because it is needed, we have to get ourselves out of the way. Our practice is being empty in the silence away from the hum of the 10,000 things. To do that, we have to become aware of the noise we generate in response to the 10,000 things. And stop. Which is really only a pause. But a crucial one.