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Do Not Worry About Tomorrow

Do Not Worry About Tomorrow

Jesus explicitly told his followers not to earn a living, save money, plan ahead, or worry about the future. If he was offering one of his most radical injunctions, it became the least followed.

This teaching isnít viable in ordinary consciousness, yet if you apply it on the spiritual path, asking for change beyond the ordinary, something new begins to emerge. A random, mindless universe is transformed into a safe haven, a home for every person, filled with lifeís necessities.

Jesus called this safe haven Providence because its purpose is to provide. Learning to trust Providence is a process. The old ways to which you are used to clinging gradually change.

Even though Jesus tells his disciples to divest themselves of their money and possessions, I think we must assume a special relationship there. They had an enlightened teacher to guide them into far more radical change than any of us would be prepared for. Yet we need to be true to the underlying meaning of this teaching: God can be trusted. Your ego does not need to take over the function of Providence; there are other ways to attain lifeís abundance.

If we take Jesus literally, the most direct way not to worry about tomorrow is to live in the present. Only the present is real. It contains the fullness of the world and the fullness of spirit at the same time. But the present is elusive. We all lead our lives by remembering the past and anticipating the future.

Therefore, the real and unreal are inexorably blended. They are so entangled, in fact, that the present must be retrieved piecemeal; you cannot leap into it all at once.

 

Adapted from The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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12:29AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Live today!

9:39PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Jezu Ufam Tobie

1:47AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

Since it's already tomorrow in another part of the world I would have to say that the present is part of it! Thanks for making us think!

1:25PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

amazing thank you!

11:49AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

- no wonder heaven is so hard for us to imagine -
- reality is (confounded) hard to know, as well -
- yet, we are here, now -
- and miracles are everywhere -

8:11AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

thank you.

6:35AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

I must admit I don't read articles when the author refers to what Jesus or som unknow good is supposed to have said. If I,m going to something unpleasant tomorrow, like an operation I just can't stop worrying.

5:34AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

thanks

Paramhansa Yogananda on this topic:

"Do your best today and forget tomorrow
It’s good to have a vision of the future, but don’t harass the soul with petty worries. God is in charge of planets, stars—everything that you see, yet He is never disturbed. Do your best today and forget tomorrow. God will take care of everything.

To increase your capacity for work always think that you are doing God’s work. Each day ask yourself: “What can I do for God today?” God is always busy, creating universes upon universes, yet He is never tired. If we want to be like Him, we must have His tremendous capacity for activity.

If you learn to control the life force through the practice of meditation and spiritual exercises, your mind and vital powers will be under your control. Calm nerves, controlled bodily energy, and a well-regulated moral life usually accompany mental calmness."
more here:
http://www.anandaclaritymagazine.com/2005/03/nervousness-health-healing/

4:38AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

The only thing we ever have is "Now"

4:37AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

The only thing we every have is "Now"

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