Thoughts On “Today”

“Thoughts On ‘Today’” is the last of a 12 part series of posts reflecting on the songs of Julia Wade’s CD, Solos, with lyrics from the writings of Mary Baker Eddy and Music by Peter Link.

The most important books I’ve read over the last couple of decades besides the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy are, without a doubt, The Power of Now and The New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.  In his The Power of Now, Mr. Tolle sets forth reasoning on living in the nowness of life in such a compelling manner that it changed my life, changed the way I thought and acted, and along the way changed the way I look at life.  I can easily say that it brought to me a way of living that made me a much happier man and one who is much freer of two dramatic issues that haunt human beings daily – regret and fear.

Basically, I learned and understood that regret is living moment to moment in the past and that fear is living moment to moment in the future and that both are totally wrong choices and complete mistakes.  I had a preface to this understanding through the reading and study of Science and Health.   Mrs. Eddy talks about living in the now and deals with it several places in her book.  What took me over the top in my thinking in The Power of Now is that Tolle dedicates his entire book to the concept.

Mrs. Eddy, however, begins her book with these words that set forth the speculation that living totally in the now of life is the only way to practice life when she writes,

“To those leaning
on the sustaining infinite,
today is big with blessings.”

Though she does not use the word “now” she clearly means it.  This short statement of truth is packed with portent and has been a mantra for me for six decades.  The understanding of the truths contained therein has righted many a day for me that got off the track.

Lean on the infinite and you will be blessed.  Right now. Get out of the past and keep your thought out of the future and the blessings will flow.

So when I began this great adventure of writing songs from Mrs. Eddy’s iconic prose statements, it seemed only natural to start at the beginning with one that had played such an important part of my life.

It said so much to me; its history of healing and correction so huge in my life that once I had typed it out on my word processor, I thought there was nothing more to say beyond it.  I sat and looked at these 12 words for an hour or so considering where to go next with this huge idea and then the thoughts began to flow – not from me, but through me.

To those hoping to begin again
Today provides the chance
To those turning to a loving Father
In faith
In belief
In understanding
Today is the day of salvation
Of saving grace
Of triumph and elation
This day begins in expectation
Of the Kingdom of God

Today, as I sit to write this post about this 12th and final song, actually the first song I wrote for Julia Wade’s Solos album, I realize that it would be redundant to give further thoughts on this song in my composer’s notes because these lyrics are my composer’s notes on Mrs. Eddy’s thoughts.

And so …

And all these things are possible
Today  today

“To those leaning
on the sustaining infinite,
today is big with blessings.”

To those yearning to be whole again
Today your time has come
To those searching
For the inward journey
To soul
To the heart
To understanding
Today is the realization
Of truths untold
Of spiritual transformation
This day begins the revelation
Of the power of mind
And all these things are possible
Today  today

“To those leaning
on the sustaining infinite,
today is big with blessings.”

To those living in the arms of love
Today your peace will come
To those tendering their tender mercies
So that all
May receive
Of the father’s bounty
Today is the day of transcendence
Of rising above
All human dependence
This day begins in real assurance
That the infinite reigns
And all these things are possible

I’ll add one more thought.  Right now, not on down the future, but right now, the spiritual Kingdom of God is at our fingertips and a present possibility.

Nuff said.

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