© 2014 Lynsey

Being here

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl,
year after year.
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found? The same old fears.
Wish you were here.

Roger Waters / Dave Gilmour

I love that 1979 Peter Sellers movie, “Being There”. It is suggestive of the 1994 movie, “Forrest Gump”; and the 2008 blockbuster, Slumdog Millionaire. The story lines involve simple souls [authentic, genuine] characters who endeared themselves to audiences by succeeding, as much as anything through their goodhearted innocence. We wish we were that simple and that successful.

The key characters, Chauncy Gardiner, Forrest Gump, and Jamal Malik are strongly influenced by television, while at the same time they are separated from it. Perhaps this is part of their magic.

The other part of their magic, I believe, is their capacity for being. Being here. Here. Now.

I think it is the most powerful gift, token, call it what you will – thing – you can be given, or that you can give – is to be *here*, now. I try to do this all the time, because I’m not great at it. I’m thinking about what to say next. I’m distracted by what I have to do next. By the cars and other drivers when I’m driving. By my headaches when I’m hungry. By my fears when I’m checking my bank balances. By my task at if I’m cooking or working on my renovation projects. By my craving for sleep at the end of the day. By my freaking out in the morning because I’m late for work.

The thing is though, in the big scheme of things, none of this is important. Being here is important.

We make a dessert from my Mum’s recipe book – Danish Lemon Pudding we call it. It’s never quite as good as the way Mum made it. I never asked her how to make it, she never told me (although she did write it down). She’s gone now, so even though I’d really like her to be here, and giving her my very full attention, that’s never going to happen. Something as trivial as how to make a dessert.

It appears that this mindfulness, the being here and now, is a common core to religious experience. If we are able to be in full attention, right here in the moment, all senses focused, things would be very much different.

So here I am, taking the last breaths of 2014, more than ready for 2015. Slowly, slowly, working on being just here. And nothing more.

Love on you all.


05. Every day is now. The present moment.
36. Every day be still. Connect to your inner being. Listen and be guided by it.
50. Every day has an ending.

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