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Finding Kairos

Horses in mountain valley. Beautiful natural landscape with animals

‘Kairos’ means the right or auspicious moment. Ancient Greece had two words for time, ‘chronos’, meaning chronological time and ‘kairos’, meaning the auspicious moment or moment of truth – the moment when you can change the course of the game; the moment of pivotal action.

But while we can agree that we all experience Kairos, we assume that such moments are few and far apart and moreover we will be lucky to experience them, if at all, on a daily basis.

What if I told you that you can have this moment whenever you want it?

Yes, you are surrounded by Kairos. Of course in our lives, we address it by a different name. We call it the present moment.

Come to think of it, you don’t even have to look for it. You are living it, right this very moment. In fact, the entire cosmos is contained in the present moment, in the now. The past is no more and the future is not here yet.

There is nothing else, except the present moment.

However, we seldom pay importance to the present moment. We acknowledge its presence only when we see it as a result of our past or as a means to the future. Nevertheless, the present moment is where all the meaning lies, where all future possibility rests. To deny this moment is to deny life itself.

The Sufis say that if you can grasp the present moment, you can grasp eternity itself. So live this moment intensely, passionately, fully, for it will meet you but once. Make it the primary focus of your life. Plunge headlong into it.

Agreed, it might not always be pleasant but it’s the only thing there is. Everything else is either your memory or your imagination. Once you live this moment to the best of your ability, you will see that the rest of your life starts falling into place as well. After all, your future too is born out of your present moment.

When your body, mind, and spirit are in harmony, you express the totality of your being and experience your peak moment, the moment when you are primed to give your best. And when you are able to be your best in that moment, and yet possess the lightheartedness to let go of worry about the outcome, you open up your reservoir of intuitive faculties and are ready to explore life’s infinite possibilities.

Some of the greatest inventions and scientific discoveries were made when their discoverers were relaxing in silence, in tune with themselves and nature.

And there is no other time for you to be total, except this moment. Hence pay close attention to this moment, for it’s the beginning of the rest of your life.

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