Sunday, March 23, 2008

Be Here Now

"Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going." -- Tennessee Williams

Many people live their whole lives lost in thoughts of the past and the future. Yet, we only truly live life when we are present to the moment. And being present means being fully conscious of what's going on so we can participate fully and appropriately in the opportunities that present themselves.There is value in reliving our experiences when we can learn from such reflection. However, there's no need to probe into the past to unearth old experiences for healing. Life does a marvellous job of bringing circumstances to us now that support us in healing old wounds. And so we can be assured that we always gain by opening to the possibilities inherent in every 'now' moment.We lose the power of the moment because we're so rarely in it. We're reliving the past or speculating about the future. We continue to believe that tomorrow's the day when I'll be more capable, more wealthy, more fit and more loving. Yet, intuition, creativity, connection, soul and inspiration are available only in the present moment.When you find yourself thinking of the future or the past, bring your awareness into the present. Really experience how you feel and what's happening around you, without judgment. If we can treasure each moment, our lives will be rich, no matter what we have accomplished.

"Each today, well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope. Look, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life." -- Sanskrit poem

"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment." -- Henry David Thoreau

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

From Eckhart Tolle

  • You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!
  • When you are present, when your attention is fully and intensely in the Now, Being can be felt, but it can never be understood mentally. To regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of “feeling-realization” is enlightenment.
  • There’s no need to seek out some other place or some other condition or situation and then do it there. Do it right here and now. Wherever you are is the place for surrender. Whatever the situation you’re in, you can say “yes” to what is, and that is then the basis for all further action.
  • To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time—the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. This creates an endless preoccupation with past and future and an unwillingness to honor and acknowledge the present moment and allow it to be. The compulsion arises because the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.

  • Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to something that already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life—and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.

Eckhart Tolle has written The Power of Now, A New Earth and Stillness Speaks

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