The best time to begin cultivating our awareness and recognizing our own true nature is #now. The present moment.
There are so many excuses that we come up with: there's not enough time, I have more important things to do, I can't afford to waste my time on spiritual pursuits, I have a life to live! Perhaps when these excuses come up we could ask ourselves this: What will it be like at the moment of my death? Will I ask: "Why didn't I take the time to know myself?" "Why did I make everything important apart from my need to know who I really am?" "Why did I spend so much time earning material wealth that I can't take with me now I am faced with death?"
"A journey of a thousand miles starts beneath one's feet."
Perhaps you have heard the saying "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." It is in verse 64 of the Scripture the Tao Te Ching, attributed to the sage Lao Tzu. A more literal translation is "A journey of a thousand miles starts beneath one's feet."
I remember once when I was on a spiritual retreat. I had gone to a remote place, a rugged and isolated beach, to spend 49 days alone in silence to deepen my study of meditation. On this particular day, I went for a walk in silence. I was walking up a hill. I lifted my foot to step forward, and as I placed it down on the earth, the meaning of Lao Tzu's saying welled up inside me. I realized my entire journey was contained in one step; one step contained it all. And yet, at the same time, that