Remembering is the act of re-collecting ourselves. It calls us to be grounded in our bodies and to be present right here, right now.
Remembering is also about honouring the past as an expression of the present. Our thoughts and feelings about the past affect us in the current moment. We cannot change anything that happened in the past and yet, paradoxically, the past changes according to our perceptions of it. And, our perceptions in the present also affect our future.
At the 11th hour of November 11 we, as Canadians, will hold remembrance ceremonies and erect monuments to honour the deeds and sacrifices of others and to symbolize our gratitude for what we have in the present.
On Remembrance Day, I pay tribute to the past and how it has shaped the world as I know it. I honour this past as a light that illuminates my present and guides my future. At the appointed hour I, like many Canadians, will pause. Take a breath. Re-collect myself. Be here. Be grateful. Be present.
â€œThe past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future.â€
â€• Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment