now - now
To a large degree, the measure of our peace of
is determined by how much we are able
to live in the present moment. Irrespective
happened yesterday or last year, and
what may or may not happen
present moment is where you are--always!
There is no better time
than now. The time to live is now. The time to
is now. The time to imagine and forget the past is
now. The time
to shine is now. The time to bleed, sweat, and determine yourself for
things you want most is now.
long as we have some definite idea about or some hope in the
we cannot really be serious with the moment that exists
don't get to choose how you're
going to die. Or
when. You can
decide how you're going to
puts you where God needs you. You are where
to be. The job you are doing may
not be any easier
on account of this,
indeed it may be
harder, even more urgent,
but now you are centered,
focused, clear. So this is where I
am supposed to be. I always thought
I was supposed to be
doing something else, being
someone else. But I realize
now that I was mistaken. This does not
or will not be doing something else. Just right now,
I am where God wants me.
may have heard about living today, tomorrow, or "tonow."
tell us, is a gift, which is why we call it "the
present." Children understand
that tonow is the place to live. The present
is really the only moment we have. Sure, bad things can happen
in the tonow. But when bad things happen to
children, they show
us the way again, because they know how to be
in touch with their feelings and needs.
can go through our whole lives worrying about our future
and totally miss where true peace lives--right here, right
people behind the words
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this: Now is the only time you have. When God
created the universe, it was now. You can't say to
and energy, "I'll do it later, not now." Later
Creation doesn't know anything but now. Whenever you get
around to doing what you want to do, it will be now. The
things you need to do to live a happier, more fulfilling
only time you can possible start doing them is now.
past and future enhance my
experience of the world, but it is
present moment that I co-create
Behind me are
"the things I
change," which a familiar prayer
accept. I accept them,
I learn from them. Ahead of me
possibilities and ideas waiting
affirmation and action. And, in
this present moment,
I affirm only good, knowing that all
are available to me.
(the Daily Word)
In the Now, there really is no
destination. Each moment is lived for its own sake,
even as you move toward whatever you many choose to
pursue. When you are
focused on some outcome or achievement--or are looking forward
to the day
when you are able to live in conditions that you imagine will
be superior to whatever
currently exists--your life right now becomes just an interval
on the way to the next event.
are all dangling in mid-process between what already
happened (which is just a memory) and what might happen
(which is just an idea). Now is the only time anything
happens. When we are awake in our lives, we know what's
happening. When we're asleep, we don't see what's right
in front of us.
spend very little time
in the present moment.
Reality exists only
in the present moment.
Therefore you spend very little time
As you walk and eat and travel, be where you
Otherwise you will miss most of your life.
can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way that
allows us to be
in touch with the abundance of happiness that is
available. We are very good
at preparing to live, but not very good at living.
We know how to sacrifice ten
for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a
job, a car,
a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering
that we are alive
the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be
alive. Every breath
we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy,
We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.
everything except these few truths: we can live
only in the present moment, in this brief now; all the rest
of our life is dead and buried or shrouded in uncertainty.
Short is the life we lead, and small our patch of earth.
we yield to discouragement it is usually because
we give too much thought to the past and to the future.
Therese of Lisieux
you live in the present moment, time stands still.
Accept your circumstances
and live them.
If there is an experience ahead of you, have it!
worries stand in your way, put them off until tomorrow.
a day off from worry.
You deserve it.
Some people live with a low-grade
anxiety tugging at their spirit all day long.
They go to sleep with it,
wake up with it, carry it around at home, in town, to church,
and with friends.
Here’s a remedy:
Take the present moment
and find something to laugh at.
People who laugh, last.
Each new moment presents an
opportunity for conscious choice.
We can choose to let go of the past.
We can choose to be here now.
We can choose to accept
responsibility for ourselves. . . .
We can choose to awaken.
Or we can choose to remain asleep
very instant" is all we have. We make plans for the
invoke memories of the past, but really, all we have to deal
and to act in is the moment at hand. We cannot stop its
cannot hurry the next moment on its way. Like everyone
else in the
world, we're partners in the dull, humdrum, dazzling,
totally unpredictable moment.
And if we have a time that is "our time," it's right
now. It has to be,
because there isn't any other. Maybe we've had times in
the past that
were special for us; maybe the future will hold precious
But the only time that is truly "our time" is this
time, where we
are, right now. And what we do with this time is ours to
now - now
can take place only in the
If we lose
the present moment, we lose life.
meditation is a way of waking up to the wonderful moment
we are living in. If our minds are caught up and
preoccupied with our
worries and our suffering, or if we distract ourselves with
while walking, we can't practice mindfulness; we can't enjoy
present moment. We're missing out on life. If
we're awake, then we'll
see this is a wonderful moment that life has given us, the
in which life is available. We can value each step we
take, and each
step can bring us happiness because we're in touch with
life, with the
source of happiness, and with our beloved planet.
Thich Nhat Hanh
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present moment is never intolerable. It is always what is coming in
or five days that makes people despair. The Law of Life
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.
Do a fair day's work, and then stop.
Overwork is not
productive in the long run.
you present in this moment, right here, right now?
Or are you remembering what you didn't do yesterday,
thinking about what you have to do tomorrow,
regretting what you did last week. If you are in any of these
you are not here, right now in the fullness of this moment.
The richness of the present is here. The fullness of now is
If you are not here now, it means you could be missing the love,
joy, peace and brand-new ideas that are here right now.
Why not take a moment to gather yourself, to pull yourself together,
to collect all of your thoughts and feelings in this time and place?
one person in a thousand knows the trick
of really living in
present. Most of us spend
fifty-nine minutes an hour living
in the past,
with regret for lost joys or shame for things badly
done (both utterly
useless and weakening) or in
a future which
we either long for or
dread. . . .
There is only one minute in which
minute, here and now.
The only way
is by accepting each minute as an
unrepeatable miracle. Which
is exactly what
it is—a miracle and unrepeatable.
many people not only try to hold on to happiness, but they
try to recapture happiness from times before. "You can't
go home again" is a very true saying, for truly going home would
be an attempt to recapture the past. The past is gone, and
today is here. We're older and wiser and more capable of taking
all we can from the present moment, so here the
present moment is--what are you waiting for?
What are you going to do?
Are you going to keep looking
backwards, full of anger,
resentment and unfulfilled desire.
Or are you going to be here now.
Because everything is available
for you in the here and now.
Love, compassion, silence, bliss
The moment is what you are in.
Like a sword the moment cuts away
everything around itself so that it can
be free. The sword is gentle to
the touch and its edge is sharp.
Those who handle it gently
are unharmed. But those who
treat it roughly are injured.
stems from ignorance. We react because we do not know what
we are doing, because we do not know the reality of ourselves.
The mind spends
most of the time lost in fantasies and illusions, reliving pleasant or
experiences and anticipating the future with eagerness or fear.
While lost in such
cravings or aversions, we are unaware of what is happening now, what
doing now. Yet surely this moment, now, is the most important
for us. We cannot
live in the past; it is gone. Nor can we live in the future; it
is forever beyond our
grasp. We can live only in the present. If we are unaware
of our present actions,
we are condemned to repeating the mistakes of the past and can never
in attaining our dreams for the future. But if we can develop
the ability to be
aware of the present moment, we can use the past as a guide for
actions in the future, so that we may attain our goal.
I leave with God to-morrow’s where and how,
And do concern myself but with the Now,
That little word, though half the future’s length,
Well used, holds twice its meaning and its strength.
Like one blindfolded groping
out his way,
I will not try to touch beyond to-day.
Since all the future is concealed from sight
I need but strive to make the next step right.
That done, the next, and so on, till I find
Perchance some day I am no longer blind,
And looking up, behold a radiant Friend
Who says, “Rest, now, for you have reached the end.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Many people live as if life were a dress
rehearsal for some later date.
It isn't. In fact, no one has a guarantee that he or she
will be here
tomorrow. Now is the only time we have, and the only
time that we
have any control over. When our attention is in the
we push fear from our minds. . . . Practice keeping your
on the here and now. Your efforts will pay great
power of memories and expectations is such that for most
the past and the future are not as real, but more
real than the present.
The spiritual is not to be separated from the material, nor
from the ordinary. We need, above all, to disentangle
habits of speech and thought which set the two apart, making
for us to see that this--the immediate, everyday, and
is IT, the entire and ultimate point of the existence of the
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There is only one time that is
important--Now! It is the most
important time because
it is the only time when we have any
power. The most necessary person is the one
with whom you are, for no
person knows whether he or she will ever have dealings
else: and the most important affair is, to do the person
because for that purpose alone were human beings sent into
us makes the choice about how we feel, though it often seems
to be controlled by other people or events. We can
alter our perception.
We can restore our balance. We can choose peace of
mind. We can
choose the texture of a day.
Each day seems to have a life of its own, but
we are that life. We can
choose to change the texture at any point. Take a deep
breath, stop for
a cup of tea, smile at someone, think of something that
brings you joy,
plan a dream. . . . This minute, experience the part of the
journey you are
Make this minute what you want for a
lifetime. Alter the texture of
your day in any way you choose, but recognize that the
and the minute are yours.
Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and
unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real
when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A
merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not
here to fritter
away your precious hours when you have the ability to
much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy
No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to
Now. Now! Not tomorrow!
now - now
I don't know about you, but I don't feel that
it's my vehicle that is essential.
I don't know
about you, but I don't feel that it's my education
that is essential.
I don't think what is essential
about me is my house or my car or my clothes.
What is essential about me? Well, I think what is
essential is that I live and
embrace life right now,
wherever I am. I grab it in my arms! Don't
crying about yesterday--yesterday is over
with! I forgive my past. I forgive the people
who've hurt me. I don't want to spend the rest of my
life blaming and pointing a finger.
Living, Loving, and Learning
warm breeze blew through my window like a gentle wave
the sandy shore in summer at low tide, and as I took in a
breath of air
that blanketed my body like tall grass in a field I felt for
moment in time, like I did when I was a child. I felt that I
had not one
worry, not one burden, nothing was on my mind except
that breeze that made the curtains swell like balloons.