One fine morning, Master was guiding us through the process of yogic breathing. All we had to do was breathe in and out completely, while focusing in the process of the air flow as it weaved in and out of our body. Our eyes were shut and the morning sunny breeze spread a pleasant glow. What we were trying to experience and learn was the art of living in the present while focusing completely into what we were doing at the moment. Past and future didn’t exist, neither did they seem important. At the end of the session, one of the aged participants asked the Master: why is every day important.
And the Master replied: there are several reasons my friend, but the most important ones are two. One is based on law of Karma or action. Without action nothing will happen and it is only today, which is our every day that we can take action and do something. You cannot act in the past or in the future, all you can do is to act in today, every day, which in turn will reflect upon tomorrow; yet that tomorrow has to first become today for you to experience and understand what your action has led to.
Then there is another way of looking at each day as a reflection or compression of a lifetime. Each day is a lifetime. We arise each morning as if newly born, with yet another opportunity to do something; we are fresh and full of energy. As the day wanes, we age and grow, we learn and act and we experience and also tire. At the end of the day, at night, when we rest, we metaphorically perish and die.
One single day with this cycle of being born when we awaken, aging through the day and then dying when we go to sleep and rest, symbolises and depicts our entire life. It’s a lifetime compressed within a day. Therefore what we do during a single day, today, every day, and how we do it, becomes the basis and symbol of our whole lifetime. Because life is only the sum of our every single day. Any day, today, can become our life’s turning point.
In a single moment, in one day, today, we can alter our life. Arise and awaken, today, every day. Starting at this very moment now.