Sacred Life Equations

Only the present moment contains life.
~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Most of us have experienced the untimely loss of someone close to us or at least someone who inspired us from afar. We feel the pain and the grief of that moment. Such events also jolt us back into an unpleasant reality - that our moment here upon this Earth is brief. 

A colleague of mine reminded me yesterday that, “each day is a gift.” We say things like that and we think things like that, but do we really live it every day?

Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us in his 1992 book Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.

“Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.

Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it.”

Even for someone like me, who experienced the chilly breath of death on the back of my neck at an early age; it’s easy to forget how precious each day, each moment is. We get caught up in what we’re doing and worrying about what other people think and we lose sight of what is important….why we’re here.

There is a very simple tool you can use to weigh the importance of things that are stealing your happiness, your joy, your peace today. I’m calling it – this is dramatic – The Sacred Life Equations.

On one side of the equation is your joy, happiness, and peace of mind and on the other side are the worries and problems that are dragging you down.

  • My joy =  the bills
  • My happiness = what others say and do or don’t say and don’t do
  • My peace of mind = having so many things

You can use these or create the equations that make sense for you, but you get the point.. When you put them in this simple equation these worries are not equal. Your joy is worth more than worries about the bills. Your happiness does not rely on others. Your peace of mind does not come from possessing things.

The actual equations we should be living by are:

  • My joy >  the bills
  • My happiness > what others say and do or don’t say and don’t do
  • My peace of mind > having so many things

How is unconsciously living as if your concerns are as important your dreams damaging your experience of that precious gift of this 24 hours?

You know what’s really important. “The question,” as Thich Nhat Hanh poses it, “is whether or not we are in touch with it.” Are we living as if our happiness is more important than our worries?

What do you think those gone too soon would tell you, if they could speak to you today? Put your worries into the The Sacred Life Equation against the important things and see how they come out. Today is a brand new 24 hours. Make the most of it.

Stay inspired!

Ray Davis
for The Affirmation Spot and 6 Sense Media