Las Machotas, El Escorial.
I climbed this mountain the other morning, getting to the top about 10.30 after an hour and a half’s walk. From the top you can see vast space, the sweep of the Guadarrama mountain range, down to Madrid 50km away, across to the Gredos mountains in the distance.
A very fine breeze was gliding over my legs, it reminded me of the breath in my lungs, they seem to be one and the same.
On the way I had a quote very present that I found from Thich Nhat Hanh:
“The Kingdom of God is a treasure. Once you have touched that treasure, you know that the things you previously considered to be conditions for your happiness are just obstacles.”
Which I take to mean that the Kingdom of God is the wonder-filled life we have right now in the present moment, and if we are distracted by things we think we need to be happy, like more money, more recognition, a better life, more fulfilment, then we will miss it.
I’ve just stumbled again upon ‘The Work’ of Byron Katie, and something she wrote echoes this perfectly:
Q Loving what is sounds like never wanting anything. Isn’t it more interesting to want things?
A My experience is that I do want something all the time: what I want is what is. It’s not only interesting, it’s ecstatic! […] I find that life never falls short and doesn’t require a future. Everything I need is always supplied, and I don’t have to do anything for it. There is nothing more exciting than loving what is. (‘The Little Book’, Byron Katie)
Everything we need to be happy is right here already – that’s the treasure.