In today's venacular Jesus is saying - " Slow down and let the game come to you". Lillies are rooted in the fertile earth, sustained and fed by sunlight, comforted by rain. Lillies do not go out and seek their sustenance. Everything they need is right there in their midst. They don't chase, reach or grasp. They feel their source of energy and are drawn towards it. Their roots sink into the soil and they grow towards the sun. There seems to be little or no effort, they're simply being lillies. In today's world of action plans, master schemes, five year plans and all sorts of strategizing for sustenance, success and in turn happiness, let us consider the lillies of the field.
Beingness as opposed to doingness. Many times we can get caught up in our doings to the point of losing our presence, or as Eckhart Tolle calls it our "felt presence". Our core conscious presence which offers a deeper substance of beingness to our doings. You hear it in the sports word all the time...things like - "Kobe was unconscious last night", which actually says that Kobe Bryant was super-conscious. he wasn't playing the game anymore...he was the game. It is a state where your efforts take on a flow. The basket becomes huge, the game slows down to slow motion. You see things an instant before they happen. My friend Karl speaks about the forty mile view. Back in the WWII era fighter pilots were chosen for their keen eyesight. Some pilots could even see over the horizon, which is generally thought to be forty miles distant. Chuck Yaeger was said to have the forty mile view. There was a huge advantage to a fighter pilot whose sight extended to over the horizon. They could see enemy fighter jets before the enemy could see them.
I suspect the forty mile view is not a talent that can be taken for granted even if one possesses it. In times of stress and endangerment ones vision, inner and outer diminishes and thinking becomes clunky, and unsure; unless one remembers presence, to breathe...to allow the game to slow down, which is a faculty of vision...to "see the field", to feel the presence, the core presence and BE. Your actions from beingness are unthought and fully in the universal energy flow. The event can pass quickly and you can recall what you did, but not why or how...it just happened from core presence. Some call it miraculous.
We can bring that miraculous capacity to our everyday lives. To our seemingly mundane chores that we usually do in our sleep. Actually, it is those mundane chores that are the best practice for bringing our core presence forward into being.
Take care of your inner world before you tackle the outer.
Hahn Teaches - "To my mind, the idea that doing dishes is unpleasant can occur only when you aren’t doing them. Once you are standing in front of the sink with your sleeves rolled up and your hands in the warm water, it is really quite pleasant. I enjoy taking my time with each dish, being fully aware of the dish, the water, and each movement of my hands. I know that if I hurry in order to eat dessert sooner, the time of washing dishes will be unpleasant and not worth living. That would be a pity, for each minute, each second of life is a miracle. The dishes themselves and that fact that I am here washing them are miracles!”.
Finding your core presence in the tedium of life is the sweetness of the spiritual journey. Kobe Bryant didn't suddenly become unconscious in the NBA finals on national television vs the Celtics...No, he created that space to become unconscious in big moments during the lonesome tedium of the gym, with no one watching. he found the miraculous in the tedium of lonely practices, he washed his dishes.
How does one find their inner presence? I walk for inner presence. Walking meditations, step by step until I'm mindless. Some days I am unable to sink under the realm of thoughts to silence in walking, and some days it happens rather quickly. Nevertheless, I walk without expectation. I walk to feel the empty presence where everything is. I've discovered that where I fix my gaze when walking, matters. Normally we walk with our gaze slightly downward, fixed a few feet in front of us. That facilitates thought, our sensory input is limited to the few feet in front of us and our minds become much more active with nothing to really take in. I've discovered that when I raise my gaze to the horizon my mind slows. The heightened and widened field of vision allows a mental silence. I can feel the flow of walking, the alternating rhythm of arm swing and leg step. The core presence in that non-thinking state is magical...you're doing the walking, but not really...it's like you're being carried...in the flow...the universal energy flow.
So in your daily doings and toil for success. Remember presence even in the colorless, non stimulating, dish washing phase. The Universe doesn't respond to what you're doing or what you desire. The Universe responds to what you are. Like attracts like. The Universe is...it be. Let you be the same.