October 9

  

Today's Quotation:

The present moment is never intolerable.  It is always what is coming in five minutes or five days that makes people despair.  The Law of Life is to live in the present, and this applies to both time and place.  Keep your attention to the present moment, and in the place where your body is now.


Emmet Fox

Today's Meditation:

As I live more and more, I'm slowly learning how to live in the present moment.  I'm learning what it means to truly be in the right here, right now, rather than thinking about the past or wondering about the future.  In my life, this is one of the most important things that I've ever learned, for my days are much fuller and much richer as I learn to see, to notice, to feel, and to appreciate all that's here in this world with me in the now.

This is one of those concepts that I used to wonder what people meant when they talked about it.  After all, I am alive right now, so of course I'm living in the moment.  But even though my body's here, where is my mind?  Where is my attention?  What am I focused on?  And if I'm focused on something other than right now, how can I take advantage of all the gifts and possibilities that the right now is offering me?  My body is here, and if I can keep my attention here, also, I can get much more out of the present moment.  Not only that, but I can give much more to the present moment, also.

I had a friend once who almost always talked about the past, mostly about her high school years.  At times it was very difficult to be with her because it seemed that she was actually living in the past, and no matter what we might be talking about in our current lives, the conversation always would turn to her past.  It got to be kind of sad, for I could see that people started to avoid being with her-- she chose to focus on parts of her life that she knew but no one else was familiar with, and no one was really interested in constantly reliving her past with her.

Right now.  What powerful words those can be if we recognize them for what they are:  truly the only time we have for sure, and every single right now is the most important moment of our lives, for it's the only moment in which we can act and make choices that will affect our future right nows.

Questions to ponder:

1.  What does living in the present moment mean to you?

2.  How can we learn to be present in the present moment?

3.  What can happen to us if we get bogged down in the past and in memories that hold us back and keep us from moving forward?

For further thought:



At the level of mind, you exist as a
collection of memories from the past.
The mind is like a curtain which acts as
a barrier  between you and the reality
of the present moment.
When you are in the mind,
you are somewhere in the past.
You are not in the reality
of the present moment.

Leonard Jacobson

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