Learning to Embrace the Miracle of the Present Moment

by Mark Votava


I often wonder if miracles still exist today in everyday life.  Sometimes I have doubted that they do, but I have been looking at the whole thing wrong.  Every time I have embraced the present moment, I am embodying a miracle.  This is a miracle to live in the present moment.

So I am slowly becoming a believer in miracles.  As I was walking down the street the other day, I started to consider that in this moment right now I have what I need for life, for presence, for love, for gratitude, for compassion, for solidarity.  Nothing is keeping me from embracing the present moment.  It is living, changing, mysterious, miraculous, evolving, undefined and it is my home.

  •  Jesus went to solitary places

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went to a solitary place…”  (Mark 1:35). 

  •  Cultivating a healthy relationship with the present moment

I believe Christ practiced silence and solitude because he was cultivating a healthy relationship with the present moment.  It affected all his relationships.  It gave him solidarity with others.

  •  Practicing silence and solitude

Jesus understood the ecology of his relationship with the present moment and his relationship with others.  That is why he practiced silence and solitude.  It was a part of his passion.

  •  To live in the present moment is a miracle

Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Our true home is in the present moment.  To live in the present moment is a miracle.  The miracle is not to walk on water.  The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.  Peace is all around us – in the world and in nature – and within us – in our bodies and our spirits.  Once we learn to touch this peace we will be healed and transformed.  It is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of practice.  We need only to find ways to bring our body and mind back to the present moment so we can touch what is refreshing, healing, and wondrous.” 

  •  The true self is discovered in the present moment

We need to become connected to the present moment in our local community as the body of Christ in everyday life.  This is our home.  This is our identity.  This is where the true self is discovered.

  •  Where all beauty is found within and around us

It is an on-the-ground miracle to embody living in the present moment.  This is where all beauty is found within and around us.  When our bodies touch the present moment the mystical imagination sings songs of freedom.

  •  The present possibility

Mary Jo Leddy writes, “…there is a more ordinary mysticism to be found in discovering the liberating attitude of gratitude.  This is not given rarely or only to a few but exists as a present possibility for all of us…” 

Have you ever experienced this miracle of living in the present moment?