Except for this moment

It all goes away
The wind comes
The leaves blow around
The trees bend
Branches break
More leaves fall and disappear

It all goes away
The sea comes
The wave breaks
The sand gets wet
The wave retreats
The sand dries

It all goes away
The bulb sprouts
The shoots come
The stem grows
The flower blooms
The flower dies

It all goes away
It’s all temporary
Life comes
Life goes
Nothing lasts
Except for this moment

The first step

One step on the path and then another, that is all it takes, the steps, one at a time. Nothing else, pure focus.

If we focus on that, and that alone, then we are present in the doing of taking the steps and the mind is silent. We put all our energies into now, this moment, real life.

If we focus on the destination, then that is the future, and that involves the mind projecting into the uncertainty of that mind-created fantasy that is the future. Then comes the psychological fear and then that creates the feeling of unease, risk, uncertainty and the ego feels fragile. The mind then does everything to protect the ego, which usually means not setting off down a path. It means no action, just more thought, more fear and so on.

Paths are there in life to any destination that your soul feels to choose, it only takes a step to start, but the mind will stop you if you focus on anything other than taking the first step now.