Opportunity Exists in the Person You Already Are

By KM Huber

I rarely recognize opportunity as it is unfolding. Not rushing to label opportunity and put it in a box is one lifelong pattern that has been beneficial. Not labeling any moment is what allows us to be most mindful and, thus, most present in our lives.

Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing.

~ Ajahn Chah~

The energy of just being who we are is invigorating, whether its spark is familiar or foreign. Regardless, the energy is unique, unattached, not ever having presented itself in quite the same way. This is true in every moment of our lives. All we have to do is let go of preconceived notions, those labels that belong to our past.

Recently, I was more overwhelmed than not, at times ready to give in or give up, but there was energy in what I was feeling, and it stayed, simultaneously new and old. It is not surprising that I lurched a bit—reaching for past experience as security—when all I had to do was just be who I am.

In the past four years, I have benefited from a diet of eating whole foods as well as maintaining a regular yoga and meditation practice. My diet consists of low sugar, low starch, lots of leafy, green vegetables and gluten-free grains. I meditate at least six days a week–daily more often than not–and the same is true for my yoga practice, which is for people with arthritis.
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Gradually, I have realized a steady energy stream from this combination of diet, meditation, and yoga. However wonderful that is, there is even more. A professional opportunity is within my grasp, one I could not have imagined at my age or with my health status.

Amazingly, rather than greeting the opportunity mindfully—just being who I am now–I relied on well-worn behaviors of the person I was. I fell into old patterns and not surprisingly, I started feeling physically and emotionally drained or overwhelmed.

It was as if I did not trust the person I am now. Rather than being invigorated, I held opportunity at bay. I was so afraid of failing and at the same time I was so sure of succeeding. Then, I “recognized what was going on” as Pema Chödrön says:

When we are distracted by a strong emotion, do we remember that it is part of our path? Can we feel the emotion and breathe it into our hearts for ourselves and everyone else?… And when we can’t practice when distracted but know that we can’t, we are still training well. Never underestimate the power of
compassionately recognizing what’s going on.

Compassion opens our eyes to who we are and all that we are. It is to that person opportunity has presented itself; it is for that person to open the door and step through. Life is ebb and flow. We just meet either one.

It is early days in exploring this professional opportunity but that I am able to venture into that world at all is one of the greatest gifts yet presented in my later years. Such is the nature of being: become nothing, be everything.


KM Huber is a writer who learned Zen from a beagle. She believes the moment is all we ever have, and it is enough. In her early life as a hippie, she practiced poetry, and although her middle years were a bit of a muddle, she remains an overtly optimistic sexagenerian, writing prose. She blogs at kmhubersblog.com, may be followed on Twitter @KM_Huber or contacted by email at writetotheranch[at]gmail[dot]com.

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