Written by Sweety Vyas

There is a Buddhist parable about a woman who is running away from tigers. The tigers however, keep coming closer and closer. She reaches the edge of a steep cliff, holds on to some vines and climbs down. To her astonishment, she finds tigers below as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine that she is clinging on to desperately. She sees a bunch of strawberries on a bush close to her. She looks up and then down. She looks at the mouse. Finally, she just picks the strawberry, puts it in her mouth and thoroughly enjoys eating it.

Tigers everywhere, above and below. This is how our life is, in our journey between life and death. We are always in a dilemma. However, every moment in our life is just what it is. We may worry about it or enjoy it as it is. It may be that it is the only strawberry that we may get to eat. But in spite of all precariousness, let us value the moment for what it is and what it offers.

In his book The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle states, “You can find yourself by coming into the present. Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.” The most authentic path to happiness and peace is living in the present moment. By surrendering to the present, we can live an abundant life and mitigate pain and suffering.

Due to excessive thinking, we become trapped with our mind’s identification. Often, we are dwelling in the past – undergoing stress and disappointment over events over which we have no control. Or we are in anxiety worrying about the future, again over which we have no control. In this way we end up sabotaging ourselves. We should learn to enjoy the journey, not necessarily focus on the destination. We will find our life miraculously improve if we make the most of this moment. Let us enjoy the wonder of life and the miracle of creation by immersing ourselves in this perfect, present moment – right now.

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