“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Accept—then act. Always work with it, not against. Make the present your friend and ally, not your opponent. This will miraculously transform your whole life.” Eckhart Tolle
I love this quote, and I have written on it often, and it always reveals more depth. There is a paradigm shift involved here, a view from a different side, and that is from the side of assumed unity, not assumed division, which is out common sense side conditioned by our culture. This fundamental assumption that I and the world are at odds, that I’m separate from the world is the unconscious ground upon which our culture stands. All perceptions begin from unconsciousness, the affirmation of duality and separation.
But to choose your enemy, the irritating present moment what ever the situation is, is really a suggestion from Jesus when he says love (choose) your enemy. When you do that, the paradigm shifts. Instead of believing I am not the world, one says I am the world and the world is me.
From this Center of unity one acts, and that action is going to be creative because the action flows from the center of the world, the inexhaustible center or source which is you. But this is not a belief or a teaching to be learning, but an action to be performed.
When we don’t accept a situation as it is, we are making that situation, the object of contention our center, and then we are like the bull in the ring that is unable to gore the infuriating matadors because it has given the matador its center.
Take your center back! Choose your enemy as you, and then nothing can unseat you.