“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
While engaged in the “Creating the Impossible” course with Michael Neill, he used a phrase I’d never considered before. The phrase was ‘showing up’.
Initially, I wasn’t sure what he was getting at. I was showing up each day by waking up, going to work, taking care of my family and all the other little details of a busy life. I tried to keep my life balanced and positive.
But the more I listened to him, I began to understand what he was getting at. I was getting up, going to work and doing all the other things, but half of the time my mind was some place else or focused on an expectation.
Let’s take work example: I showed up every day, not really liking what I was doing, but I liked the pay cheque. I showed up with the sole purpose of monetary reward and went through the motions of productivity. I did what was required to get the reward, but gave little else. Much of the time I was tangled up in my thinking around liking or not liking the job/the people/the company. Or, I would drift around ‘been there done that’ so why am I here again, and the one going schemes for moving on.
When I saw this, I realized that I had been doing this for much of life. I had a huge list of hidden agendas for doing what I was doing, all of them lofty and designed to get approval. There appeared to be a hook at the end of all of my actions.
Then there is Michael’s version of ‘showing up’ that stems from the inside. This showing up comes from inner guidance. When you show up in this way you are open to whatever. It doesn’t matter what you are doing, where you are or what the conditions, you give it your all.
You leave your judgements, expectations and evaluations behind and give your attention to whatever is before you in that moment. This is what it means to show up to life.
As Eckhart Tolle says, “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.”
When I began to show up, with my full attention and understanding that I chose this, everything changed.
I began to realize I could be happy anywhere, doing anything. I saw how the power of my thinking pulled me away from the present and was the result of so much of my unhappiness.
In addition to this, everything began to be easier. I was getting tasks done in record time with no stress. I was more creative and opportunities began to appear. Most of all, my actions came from a place of joy. The joy of doing a great job without strings!
Yes, I appreciate the pay cheque at the end of the month, but that is not why I do what I do. I see money is an expression of appreciation (a term borrowed from Robert Scheinfeld) for my showing up with joy! Life is so much simpler.
Life happens, that is inevitable, but how I show up for each situation is up to me. I know that if I am struggling I have stepped away from the moment and inner awareness momentarily. All it takes is a breath and an awareness of the moment to bring me back to centre.
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