The sacredness of each moment
“Right where you are, the potential of the universe is.” ― Alexandra Katehakis
I love this quote because it speaks to the way in which our very beingness is embedded into the entire magic of the universe. It speaks to our very beingness, and this very moment, as being rich with all the sacredness the universe has to offer.
This quote also reminded me of one of the most important moments of my life.
Back in 2006, while I was traveling in India, I experienced a moment of utter transformation that has guided me ever since.
I had just come out of a satsang, or spiritual gathering, where a wise-one shared some really powerful teachings that landed deeply for me.
Afterwards, as I sat enjoying a chai alone on the bustling street, I suddenly felt flooded with the deep body-knowing that this moment, and everything in it, was perfection.
That every single minute detail of existence, in all its endless array of experience: the visible suffering, the laughter, the grief, the terror, the joy, the death, the shit in the street, the delicious chai I was drinking...it was all sacred.
This wasn't something that my mind knew. My body, my cells, my soul knew it.
It felt like a veil had been lifted, and for a moment, I got to see into the existential bliss that permeated every aspect of life.
It irrevocably both unraveled and reshaped me. It felt like the divine nature of reality offered me the tiniest glimpse of a spiritual truth, that has continued to hover silently in my body's knowing.
While I've never fully felt this embodied, divine experience quite the same since, this moment continues to teach me, and brings me back into relationship with the sacredness that lives amongst the "mundane" reality of life.
I don't often share this story, because out of context, it can sound like I'm condoning spiritual bypassing. That I'm saying everyone's pain is ok because it's in divine order. That there's nothing wrong with the atrocities happening every day. That we don't need to try to help people because everything is perfect as it is.
But of course, that's not at all what I mean.
The knowing of the sheer sacredness of everything in this moment is one of those things that I hold as simultaneous truth alongside the truth that there is so much to heal, mend, and re-member in the world. They are both true.
And, one of the things that can help us mend and heal our relationship to the world, and all the pain and suffering, is growing an intentional relationshp with the sacredness of life.
This moment is sacred. Everything you're feeling right now is also sacred. It doesn't make it less difficult. But it does allow you to expereince a wider sense that you're being held in it.
Are you able to lean into that possibility for just a moment?
Are you able to widen your awareness enough to feel a softeness come in to hold you in whatever it is you're experiencing right now?
I know this isn't always easy, but if you practice slowing your experience down, and coming into presence with this moment and all that's here, you might begin to touch into a wider pulse of knowing that lives both beneath and beyond.