If we look carefully at this moment, we can see that it is entirely new. You have not seen, heard, felt, smelled, tasted and emoted exactly as you do right at this moment.
What gets in the way of seeing this is thought. Specifically, dusty, dry old thoughts that we have had thousands of times before.
“Oh, I have so many things to do today.”
“My life is not what I want it to be.”
“What’s for breakfast?”
There’s nothing actually very wrong with having these thoughts. The problem is when we never see beyond them to the freshness and newness of each moment. Only in this new moment can we actually be present to our lives and drink in the nourishment we are craving: the intimacy with others, the connection to our work, the limitlessness of creativity.
To begin the work of seeing through to the newness of the present, simply sit and breathe. Let thoughts be thoughts and return your attention to sensation. In the world of sensations — seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling, emoting — we can make contact with newness. When we do so, our life expands; there is more room to operate; there are new possibilities we had not dreamed of before.