What does it mean to live life as if it really mattered? When you hear those words, what comes to mind? Possibly images of things or activities you want to do more of, or the people you want to spend more time with. But on the deepest level, what does those words mean?
The more I explore this wise statement, made by Jon Kabat-Zinn, in his book, Coming to Our Senses, Healing the World Through Mindfulness, 2005. The more I see the profound nature of this question. What does it mean to truly live life as if it really mattered?
As I continue to investigate this question throughout my own personal practice, the same realization keeps arising for me. To live life as if it really matters, means to not let the moments of my life just slip by, and not just any moments, but the moments that I continue to pass up for another, the simple moments. One of the greatest mistakes I continue to make on a daily basis is believing that I have more moments to live.
Now of course, I hope that is the case, but the truth is I can’t count on it. So, if I can’t count on living in the next moment, then why not live this moment like it would be my last?
Now this does not mean that I need to do anything radical, spontaneous, exciting (perhaps I do if that is what the moment is called for) but above all else, the most radical thing I need to do is PAY ATTENTION to the moment at hand closely, especially if it is one that I so easily can pass up for another.
As I continue to wake myself up to the simple moments of my life, again and again I realize how they are not so simple at all, and that each moment has its own richness, its own beauty, and for me this is what life is about, this is what it means to truly live life as if it really mattered!
Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.
This opening to the life
we have refused
again and again
~ David Whyte