Day 62 of 192

This item is from Sunday. I just some time away from my blog, to catch up in other things.

My local coffee shops has these collectible hockey cards. I normally don’t buy them, but three years ago, I decided to get one any way. I remember buying this when I was going to hang out with my friend that day.

I haven’t even heard of the guy that I won. A part of me, kept this card, because it reminded me of hanging out with this friend. We first met because we worked at the same coffee shop. I haven’t hung out with him in two years. We still talk from time to time, but it’s nothing that suffices our hang outs. But that’s okay.

I held on to this card, as a way of holding onto our friendship. I am still learning that memories aren’t in things, they are in us.

Joy and Ease

“As soon as you honour the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease.”

-Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle is a famous a spiritual teacher. He also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has published several books discussing on life changing it is to stay present. In fact his The Power of Now is featured in the Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club. But I started reading this book as a recommendation from one of my friends, that was reading this book.

What I love about this quote is how freeing it is. Whenever we spend time looking back in the past, or stressing out about the future, we are allowing ourselves to let the past or our future imprison us from the now. Eckhart Tolle reminds us is to remain in the now, and to not let anything disturb us from this present moment. When you finally decide to let go everything that holds you back, you will realize that all you really need is to be present.

Buddha’s definition of enlightenment, is the end of suffering. Once we begin to focus on the now, that is when you can finally free yourself. That is when we truly feel at peace, and happiness can finally blossom.