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latest moment is always
our supreme moment.
second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe,
a moment that never was before and never will be again.
Step into this moment, because it is the only one
you have right now. It
wasted or thrown away.
The divine opportunity could be stolen unless you tell
yourself it is here right now; available to you this moment,
to make of it anything
Why not choose this moment, right now, to be available
yourself by declaring, I AM GOOD! . . . . The richness of
the present is here. The
fullness of now is present.
If you are not here now, it means you could be
the love, joy, peace and brand-new ideas that are here right now.
advice to you is not to inquire why or whither,
but just to enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.
here in the moment, as an artist is here with focused
whether you are cooking, cleaning, praying, playing, or
reading. Be here
in the moment, as an athlete is here in that sweet spot of
everything is effortless, fluid, and free. The banquet
is spread before us,
and it is the wish of the Divine Host that we partake of the
without regrets for the past or fears of the future.
Pledge yourself to the moment
and let it teach you. Surrender yourself to the moment
and let it preach you.
Mary Ann Brussat
all, we cannot afford not to live in the
They are blessed over all mortals who
lose no moment
of the passing life in remembering the
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I realized that living in the present is not an
like taking one step at a time. Sounds good. Good philosophy,
Then it occurred
to me, Have you ever taken two steps
at a time?
as simple as that: we
can’t. It’s the
may wander to the past or the future.
Yet, our thoughts
are just thoughts.
Our bodies are in the present.
in the present.
That’s just the way it is.
Anne Wilson Schaef
present moment is always full of infinite treasure. It
than you can possibly grasp. Faith is the measure of its
you find in the present moment is according to the
Love also is the measure: the more the heart loves, the
what God provides. The will of God presents itself
each moment like
an immense ocean that the desire of your
heart cannot empty;
yet you will drink from that ocean
according to your faith and
If we take care of the moments, the years will
take care of themselves.
can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future,
but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in
moment is a major component of mental wellness.
main business is not to see what lies dimly at
distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
present is passed over in the race for the future;
the here is neglected in favor of the there.
Enjoy the moment, even if it means
merely a walk in the country.
Live in the present. Do the things that need to be done.
Do all the good you can each day. The future will unfold.
are within a mystery, a dream of the moment, and the
epitome of life is to live ever present within it. Our
illusions and fantasies are not relative to the present
Here and now is where all the mystery lies hidden.
we know that we are now at the point where we have always
wanted to be, we will be there. . . because we are never
there but always here, now!
think about the future. Just be here now.
Don't think about the past. Just be here now.
Every moment is a golden one to those
who have the vision to recognize it as such.
|Hold every moment sacred. Give each
clarity and meaning, each the weight of your awareness,
each its true and due fulfillment.
living in the present is a form of denial. It's
easier to live in the past or future because then you
don't have to be responsible for the present.
now - now
who think to reach God by running away from the world,
when and where do they expect to meet him? We are
him here in this very spot, now at this very moment.
hurry through the so-called boring things in order to attend
to that which we deem more important, interesting.
Perhaps the final
freedom will be a recognition that every thing in every moment
is 'essential' and that nothing at all is 'important.'
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was regretting the past and fearing the future.
Suddenly God was speaking. "My name is 'I
Am.'" I waited. God continued.
you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets,
it is hard. I am not there. My name is not
you live in the future, with its problems and fears,
it is hard. I am not there. My name is not
'I will be.'
you live in this moment, it is not hard. I am
here. My name is 'I Am.'"
stopped thinking all the time of
stopped asking myself what's going
to happen tomorrow. What's
this minute, that's what I care
about. I say: What
are you doing
at this moment, Zorba? . . . I'm kissing
a woman. Well, kiss her well, Zorba!
all the rest while
you're doing it; there's nothing else
earth, only you and her!
How wonderful are islands! Islands in
space, like this one I have come to,
ringed about by miles of water, linked by no bridges, no
no telephones. An island from the world and the world's
life. Islands in time,
like this short vacation of mine. The past and the
future are cut off; only the
present remains. Existence in the present gives island
living an extreme vividness
and purity. One lives like a child or a saint in the
immediacy of here and now.
Every day, every act, is an island, washed by time and space,
an island's completion. People, too, become like islands
in such an atmosphere,
self-contained, whole and serene; respecting other people's
solitude, not intruding
on their shores, standing back in reverence before the miracle
of another individual.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
|Look at life through the windshield,
not the rearview mirror.
My sister Barbara tried to teach me this lesson
more than twenty years ago. At the time, she was
planning her wedding under what I can only describe as
bittersweet circumstances. On the one hand, my
sister was about to realize a life-long dream:
at age thirty-eight, she was about to marry the man
she had been in love with since they were
teenagers. On the other, she had just been
diagnosed with colon cancer. . . .
"What good would it do to be angry,
Patsy?" she said gently. "I can't
change the past and I can't control the future.
I can, however, make the most of the present.
Shot and I are together now. At this
moment. And, if you think about it, this moment
is all any of us really has."
The ability to live fully in the moment--in the
time and place we are right now--is one of the
greatest secrets I know of living joyfully.
Because once you grasp it, freedom is very
close. You stop worrying about the past and
stressing out about the future. Enjoying
life--not agonizing about what happened yesterday or
what might happen tomorrow--becomes your
priority. Your days become a gift, not a grind.
To live with God is to live always in
with him who is the eternal Now.
John A.T. Robinson
|For if we
open our eyes and see clearly, it becomes obvious that there
other time than this instant, and that the past and the future
without any concrete reality. Until this has become
clear, it seems that our
life is all past and future, and that the present is nothing
more than the
infinitesimal hairline which divides them. From this
comes the sensation of
"having no time," of a world which hurries by so
rapidly that it is gone before
we can enjoy it. But through "awakening to the
instant," one sees that this
is the reverse of the truth: it is rather the past and
the future which are
the fleeting illusions, and the present which is eternally
Buddha turned to the community and said, "Bhikkus, I will
what true self-sufficiency is and what is the better way to
Self-sufficient person are people who dwell in
mindfulness. They are
aware of what is going on in the present moment, what is going
their bodies, feelings, minds and objects of the mind.
They know how
to look deeply at things in the present moment. They do
the past nor lose themselves in the future, because the past
is and the future has not yet come. Life can only take
place in the
present moment. If we lose the present moment, we lose
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|People who are “being” are fully present.
They are totally engaged in
the moment. This engagement includes an easy appreciation and sense
of connection with
whomever or whatever they are relating to
at the time.
people are aware
of a job well done or a difficulty surmounted
will respect and often acknowledge
the person who has
“Being” is a state of heart and mind
that is receptive
and able to listen carefully.
It's being here now that's important. There's
no past and there's no future.
Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the
now. We can gain
experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can
the future, but we don't know if there is one.
your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most
wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now.
Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely
nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.
|The power of memories and expectations is such that for most
human beings the past and the future are not as real, but more
real than the present. The present cannot be lived happily
unless the past has been “cleared up” and the future is bright
with promise. . . . it is of little use to us to be able to remember
and predict if it makes us unable to live fully in the present.
What is the use of planning to be able to eat next week unless
I can really enjoy the meals when they come? If I am so busy
planning how to eat next week that I cannot fully enjoy what I
am eating now, I will be in the same predicament when next
week’s meals become “now.”
If my happiness at this moment consists largely in reviewing
happy memories and expectations, I am but dimly aware of this
present. I shall still be dimly aware of the present when the good
things that I have been expecting come to pass. For I shall have
formed a habit of looking behind and ahead, making it difficult
for me to attend to the here and now. If, then, my awareness of
the past and future makes me less aware of the present, I must
begin to wonder whether I am actually living in the real world.
The Wisdom of Insecurity
Now is all
I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of
lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the
evil becomes good.
I am not evil. Tomorrow is the day when the weak become
am not weak. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will
I am not a failure. I will act now.
Greatest Secret in the World
It seems, oddly
enough, that it's people with a strong faith who are best
able to live in the present moment. Enjoyment of the
present, care for
the quality of life: these are a kind of reverence, a
kind of faith in life
itself. The present is valuable, this faith tells
us: it is all we have.