Live Here-Now
In The Super Present Moment

 

New Book

Stillness Speaks: Whispers of Now ~ Eckhart Tolle --
(Paperback - 1 September, 2003)



"THE ONLY TRUE LEARNING IS PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE, AND THEREFORE EVERYTHING YOU DO MUST BE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PRESENT MOMENT." Theun Mares

"I always say to myself, what is the most important thing we can think about at this extraordinary moment."- Francoise de La Rochefauld

"To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours is wisdom."- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Study as if you were to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow."- Isidore of Seville

We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.
-- H. L. Mencken

If Past to Future is a on horizontal line, the present moment is not in time - it is an vertical movement - transcending time. Osho

As you embrace the here and now, don't be surprised if you suddenly feel lucky - lucky to be blessed with a good mind, lucky to have friends who love you for who you are, lucky to be living in such an interesting time.
~ From The Art of the Moment by Veronigue Vienne

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."
- Chinese Proverb

Sayings of Shakyamuni Buddha

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha

The no-mind not-thinks no-thoughts about no-things - The Buddah

Those who really seek the path to enlightenment dictate terms to their mind. They then proceed with strong determination. Buddha.

The Secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, nor to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.- Buddha


Since pure awareness of nowness is the real buddha,
In openness and contentment I found the Lama in my heart.
When we realize this unending natural mind is the very nature of the Lama,
Then there is no need for attached, grasping, or weeping prayers or artificial complaints,
By simply relaxing in this uncontrived, open, and natural state,
We obtain the blessing of aimless self-liberation of whatever arises.

DUDJOM RINPOCHE



The cells of our body are dying, the neurons in our brain are decaying, even the expressions on our face are always changing, depending on our mood. What we call our basic character is only a “mindstream,” nothing more. Today we feel good because things are going well; tomorrow we feel the opposite. Where did that good feeling go?

What could be more unpredictable than our thoughts and emotions: Do you have any idea what you are going to think or feel next? The mind, in fact, is as empty, as impermanent, and as transient as a dream. Look at a thought: It comes, it stays, and it goes. The past is past, the future not yet risen, and even the present thought, as we experience it, becomes the past.

The only thing we really have is nowness, is now. Sogyal Rinpoche

 

Contents

Some articles & Excerpts


Wherever You Are, Be There by Jim Rohn

One of the major reasons why we fail to find happiness or to create unique lifestyle is because we have not yet mastered the art of being.

While we are home our thoughts are still absorbed with solving the challenges we face at the office. And when we are at the office we find ourselves worrying about problems at home. We go through the day without really listening to what others are saying to us. We may be hearing the words, but we aren't absorbing the message. As we go through the day we find ourselves focusing on past experiences or future possibilities.

We are so involved in yesterday and tomorrow that we never even notice that today is slipping by. We go through the day rather than getting something from the day.

We are everywhere at any given moment in time except living in that moment in time.

Lifestyle is learning to be wherever you are. It is developing a unique focus on the current moment, and drawing from it all of the substance and wealth of experience and emotions that it has to offer.

Lifestyle is taking time to watch a sunset. Lifestyle is listening to silence. Lifestyle is capturing each moment so that it becomes a new part of what we are and of what we are in the process of becoming. Lifestyle is not something we do; it is something we experience. And until we learn to be there, we will never master the art of living well.

This article was submitted by Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher. Copyright © 2000 Jim Rohn International. All rights reserved worldwide. To subscribe to the Free Jim Rohn Weekly E-zine, go to


Stillness with Barry Long

Stillness is the Way is the record of a 3 day intensive meditation session with Barry Long. Faithfully represented in the book, you follow the questions and dialogue as if you were in the room. And you participate in the deepening consciousness of tbeing with the master.

Let me demonstrate what it is to be totally present.

Usually, when two people have a conversation in this world, neither of them is 100% present. They can be in very concentrated conversation and yet not be present, because they are always either thinking of the next thing they are going to say or relating to their experience of whatever the other person is talking about. So they are in the future or the past - not the present.

It is very difficult for us to be present when we are talking to someone. No one can listen any more. No one truly listens because the mind is trying to work out what the other person's saying or how it relates to its own experience. So the mind is busy. You can't be present.

In meditation what we are trying to do is to be totally present.

What we're endeavouring to do is to be true to all the men and women we ever meet, including our children, including our lovers; that is to be totally present when we are with them.

To be totally present with me now is not to want to be somewhere else, not to be thinking about something. Whatever you are thinking about is where you want to be.

Either go and be with what you're thinking about, or be here. Don't try to be in two places. Don't kid yourself that you are being true. You must have the strength, the rightness, the honesty to be where you are.

It is a great teaching. Very simple. So simple you wonder what I'm talking about. But you can hear the truth of it. If you think, you are not where you are.

In this meditation, if you can feel yourself internally, you are certainly present because what you feel is NOW: there's no thought. You can feel your solar plexus or your stomach now: there's no doubt about it. The question is: can you stay poised in this presence - feeling yourself within and at the same time staying present in the room with me?

Do you see the tightrope you're on? Unless you can stay poised in this state of presence you cannot know the truth; you cannot know God; you cannot find yourself.

There is stillness here now.

You are in it now. You and I are holding this space. At this moment. You are truly present. This is truth. This is true being.

We are truly present - a very rare thing on the face of this earth. Only in such stillness, such humility, such love can there be a true communication of being to being. This is timelessness. This is eternal. This is wonder. This is to be yourself.

© Barry Long 1989, 2002

http://www.barrylong.org/barrylongbooks1.html

Above excerpt from - Stillness is the Way, An intensive Meditation Course by Barry Long

‘You can’t realise love or yourself until you are still enough to drop down through the restlessness and frustrations into that deeper level of your being.’

This is a record of three days of teaching by Barry Long, resulting in a complete workbook for you to use in your own time. You are shown how to penetrate the source of restlessness and enter the depths of sensation within your body. You can read it cover to cover as an inspiring guide to self-knowledge or you can use it step-by-step as an actual meditation course. As the book includes dialogues with the original participants, the questions that inevitably arise are answered in the text.


Present Moment

by Sara Lyara Estes -

We have spoken a little about how it is on Terra -- how one creates anew in the moment, without reference to the past or the future. In this metaphor of surfing the wave and staying over your feet, we are talking about staying rooted where you ARE -- in the present moment -- rather than in the "past" (where you have been) or the "future" (where you are going). If you think about it, all fear derives from past experience being projected onto the future. When things arise in your present moment that remind you of something from the past, you can easily project that the past experience will repeat itself in the moments that follow the time of remembering that past. This is when you feel fear. It's inner talk that says, "It was like this before, so it will be like this again." If you experienced pain in the past, you expect it will be painful again. That is where the fear comes in. You want to avoid the pain. "I'm afraid that if this moment goes the way it went before, I'll experience what I experienced before, and I don't want to do that again."

The answer to this is to cut through the cords of memory, to interrupt the inner talk by saying out loud, "That was then. This is now." Boom! You are back in the present, able to choose anew in the present moment. When you say the word "now," you bring your attention into the present. Say "NOW" out loud, right now. Feel NOW. What is really happening NOW? Not what happened before, not what MIGHT happen later. What is really happening NOW? Do you see how you are in the habit of scaring yourself? Cultivate the practice of living NOW. Live each moment as the only moment that exists. That is how it will be on Terra. Get used to it. Create a little bit of Terra right where you are, NOW. NOW is the only place you can create anything. NOW is the only place you can choose anything. NOW is all you ever really have.

When we say the word "moment," it will be useful to define what we mean. A moment is an "event" that arises from the matrix of Infinite Mind. It contains everything within it for its natural fulfillment and completion. It is not measured by minutes, seconds, or hours. It is a unit of experience that may be very short or go on for some time. You can FEEL when a moment begins. You can FEEL when it completes. Every moment has a beginning, a middle, and a conclusion, like a phrase in speech or music. Think of it entering into your field of awareness, swelling into its fullness, and then receding as it completes. There is a wavelike quality to a moment. A wave emerges from the ocean, swells, moves forward, and then resolves back into the ocean. Just so with a moment. It emerges from the ocean of consciousness that is the Mind of the Creator. It swells upward into your perceptual field, and moves forward, then ebbs from your experience as it completes. There is background and foreground, and there are different waves overlapping. In the past, you were only peripherally aware of the background, as your attention was captured by the foreground, but now your senses will be broadened and deepened until you are like a bowl containing ALL of it -- all of the ocean and all of the waves upon its surface. You will be aware of all of it simultaneously and be able to move your attention to whatever you feel called to pay attention to, at will.

(c) Copyright Sara Lyara Estes, 1999-2001 Web site: http://www.operationterra.com e-mail: lyara@operationterra.com Postal mail address: Lyara c/o Celestial Cooperatives, PO Box 2231, Oroville, WA 98844 (USA)


A Time for the Timeless

By Deepak Chopra

As a day of rest, the Sabbath is not a mystery, yet it leads the way to mystery, and that is its fascination. On the seventh day the Lord rested from the labor of creation. This duty was passed on to His human children, and Shabbat became a devoted way to live according to God's plan. Yet behind this simple reason something deeper is at work. Shabbat belongs to a profound strain of wisdom that reveres the feminine face of God, whose silent, nurturing, receptive aspects are not easily available in our active, outward-turned lives.

By observing Shabbat, the faithful are going inward to meet that silence which is the womb of creation. Shabbat is about the source. On the seventh day God did not merely rest-He returned to his uncreated nature, that place which is before time and outside space. This domain is inconceivable, for how can anything be before time? Where is the place outside space when 'where' has no meaning? All wisdom traditions, including the Judaic, have pondered this mystery, and they came up with an amazing answer: The transcendent God, if He is beyond anything we can measure, must be everywhere at all times while being nowhere at any time. Is this just a paradox? No, for on Shabbat, the devout are asked to join God in this silent, transcendent place. This is the time to greet the timeless. How do they accomplish this? Prayers and rituals can point the way, but it is up to the devotee to make the journey. Of course it cannot be done. To get from this finite, bounded world to God's infinite unbounded domain requires a step that the mind is helpless to achieve. God must offer a way. Therefore patience is required to find it, along with waiting, calmness, observation.

Beyond resting, Shabbat is a time to be alert to whatever clue God wants to send your way. For some the clue is a sense of peace or safety or being loved or of direct connection to the divine. What these all have in common is traditionally called God's presence-a mysterious indicator that God is here, even though on the surface He leaves not the slightest footprint in the visible world.

Shabbat is a time, then, to stop believing your senses and to see with the eyes of the soul. In Sanskrit the word for this presence is Shakti, in Hebrew it is Shekinah. Being devoid of human images for God, Judaic belief does not turn Shakti into a wife for the male god, a dancing seductress with an irresistible smile. Rather, Shekinah is pure light, a divine energy that can penetrate this solid, sleeping world to wake up those souls who are willing to feel its presence. But what the ancient texts tell us of Shakti tempts me to say that she is Shekinah as well.

Shakti is that impulse of God that wants to touch the heart of the devout, to cause transformation, to render the human more than human. This happens in five ways, and to me they are the five aspects of Shabbat that are truly a part of the 'one light':

1. Silence. This is not an empty silence but a sounding chamber for whatever God will fill in. Silence is expectant, and with prayer and attention, the expectation bears fruit as a sense of being with God.

2. Bliss. This is happiness for no reason, happiness that cannot be taken away. By the name of ecstasy it pertains to sense of being beyond hope or despair, standing beyond your mortal coil. Bliss grows from silence naturally.

3. The fulfillment of prayer. In the deepest silence the deepest prayers are answered. We discover that God's presence is not static but gives organizing power to our desires, hopes, and aspirations.

4. Knowingness or intuition. God's presence gives us a direct way of knowing that is the source of wisdom. This knowing is not a matter of rationality; answers come to us from beyond our limited personalities, as if from the source.

5. Inspired action, the holy life. When all of these gifts of the Shekinah are received, then it is possible to live the holy life in full measure, because our actions are spontaneously right and good in accord with divine intention.

I have not been giving a mystical picture of Shabbat but rather a path. Every year the calendar shows the same holy days, but in life they deepen with the passage of time. God's light or presence becomes fuller and fuller. The eyes of the soul become our natural way of seeing. In the ripening of each season, we discover that a spark of light which once glimmered very faintly inside the heart has now spread everywhere, as it must if it is divine. Shabbat is fulfilled when the devout can walk down any street at any hour and see holiness in the face of a stranger or the hard glint of stone. God will have dropped His mask, revealing the secret of being at once everywhere and nowhere.

When asked what the most important spiritual practice one can implement into his or her life, Deepak simply replies, "Meditation."

In closing, we offer these two beautiful quotes from Rumi:

"Let the water settle; you will see the moon and stars mirrored in your being."

--Jelaluddin Rumi

"Out beyond the ideas of right-doing or wrong-doing there is a field- I'll meet you there."

--Jelaluddin Rumi


Limiting Activity

When we practice zazen we limit our activity to the smallest extent. Just keeping the right posture and being concentrated on sitting is how we express the universal nature. Then we become Buddha, and we express Buddha nature. So instead of having some object of worship, we just concentrate on the activity which we do in each moment.

When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit; when you eat, you should just eat.If you do this, the universal nature is there. In Japanese we call it ichigyo-zammai, or "one-act samadhi." Sammai (or samadhi) is "concentration." Ichigyo is "one practice"

Zen Mind, Beginner's mind, Informal talks on Zen Meditation and Practice by Shunryu Suzuki


Chogyam Trungpa:

Things always happen one at a time, in a direct, simple movement of mind. Therefore, in the technique of mindfulness of mind, it is traditionally recommended that you be aware of each single-shot perception of mind as thinking: "I am thinking I hear a sound." "I am thinking I smell a scent." "I am thinking I feel hot." "I am thinking I feel cold." Each one of these is a total approach to experience-very precise, very direct, one single movement of mind.

Things always happen in that direct way. That one-shot reality is all there is. Obviously we can make up an illusion. We can imagine that we are conquering the universe by multiplying ourselves into hundreds of aspects and personalities: the conquering and the conquered. But that is like the dream state of someone who is actually asleep. There is only the one shot; everything happens only once. There is just that. Therefore mindfulness of mind is applicable.

So meditation practice has to be approached in a very simple and very basic way. That seems to be the only way that it will apply to our experience of what we actually are. That way, we do not get into the illusion that we can function as a hundred people at once. When we lose the simplicity we begin to be concerned about ourselves: "While I'm doing this, such-and-such is going to happen. What shall I do?" Thinking that more than that is happening, we get involved in hope and fear in relation to all kinds of things that are not actually happening.

Really it does not work that way. While we are doing that, we are doing that. If something else happens, we are doing something else. But two things cannot happen at once; it is impossible. It is easy to imagine that two things are happening at once, because our journey back and forth between the two may be very speedy. But even then we are doing only one thing at a time.

It is necessary to take that logic all the way and realize that even to apply bare attention to what we are doing is impossible. If we try, we have two personalities: one personality is the bare attention; the other personality is doing things. Real bare attention is being there all at once. We do not apply bare attention to what we are doing; we are not mindful of what we are doing. That is impossible. Mindfulness is the act as well as the experience, happening at the same time.

Obviously, we could have a somewhat dualistic attitude at the beginning, before we get into real mindfulness, that we are willing to be mindful, willing to surrender, willing to discipline ourselves. But then we do the thing; we just do it. It is like the famous Zen saying "When I eat, I eat; when I sleep, I sleep." You just do it, with absolutely no implication behind what you are doing, not even of mindfulness.

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These teachings are abridged from The Heart of the Buddha, published by Shambhala Publications. ©1991 by Diana J. Mukpo. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was founder of Shambhala International, a worldwide association of meditation centers; Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and the Shambhala Sun. "The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Meditation" appeared in the March 2001 issue of the Shambhala Sun.


"Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of attention." Jim Rohn

Become A Good Observer

by Jim Rohn

We must never allow a day to pass without finding the answers to a list of important questions such as: What is going on in our industry? What new challenges are currently facing our government? Our community? Our neighborhood? What are the new breakthroughs, the new opportunities, the new tools and techniques that have recently come to light? Who are the new personalities that are influencing world and local opinion?

We must become good observers and astute evaluators of all that is going on around us. All events affect us, and what affects us leaves an imprint on what we will one day be and how we will one day live.

One of the major reasons why people are not doing well is because they keep trying to get through the day. A more worthy challenge is to try to get from the day.

We must become sensitive enough to observe and ponder what is happening around us. Be alert. Be awake. Let life and all of its subtle messages touch us. Often, the most extraordinary opportunities are hidden among the seemingly insignificant events of life. If we do not pay attention to these events, we can easily miss the opportunities. So be a good observer of both life and the world around you.

To Your Success,

Jim Rohn

Credit Statement to be included in Reprints:

This article was submitted by Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher. To subscribe to the Free Jim Rohn Weekly E-zine go to


QUOTES

There is not a moment when I do not feel the presence of a Witness whose eye misses nothing and with whom I strive to keep in tune.

Mahatman Gandhi

Poet Whyte says,

"One of the main apprenticeships a poet serves is the apprenticeship of attention...of paying attention to whatever is there....and to let (things) bas as they are...Attention is actually a live connection to the world ... when you have a live connection to the world, you have to live up to the consequences of what that world brings you; that the world itself changes as we do."

Giving Attention and Being Attended To:

1. Make a list of three people you know well and casually who intrigue you and write down something you'd like to ask them. Make it a project to as them your questions. Write about what they say and how their comments may have triggered new insights

2. Give three people positive feedback. Let your action be spontaneous

3. Write about the attention you received today. Was it positive or negative? Can you notice the exact moment you are included in the field of someone's perception?

Tibetan Lama Chogyam Trungpa says,

"The goal of (spiritual) warriorship is to reconnect to the nowness of reality, so that you can go forward without destroying simplicity, without destroying your connection to this Earth."

Tell yourself often,

"I am here, in my body, 100 percent."

Actively be with what's around you. Imbue every object with life force and consciousness.

Alan Watts observes,

"Going indoors I find that all the household furniture is alive. Tables are tabling, pots are potting, wall are walling, fixtures are fixturing - a world of events instead of things."

Physicist Nick Herbert relates the story that when his son first discovered the cell model of life, he was astonished: "'What does this mean I'm made out of little animals?'he exclaimed."

Everything is alive in it's own way and knows about you at a deep level, and you know about it. Make friends with everything you notice. You may be suprised how much guidance you receive when you believe in the wisdom of the world.

Any perception can connect us to reality properly and fully. What we see doesn't have to be pretty, particularly; we can appreciate anything that exists. There is some principle of magic in everything, some living quality. Something living. Something real, is taking place in everything. Chogyam Trungpa

excerpted from 'The Intuitive Way', by Penney Peirce, beyond words publishing


Some More Quotes:

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky.
Conscious breathing is my anchor.
Thich That Nan

Hours make the young old.

All changes have arisen from the hours: the one who is freed from hours is freed from change.

When for an hour you escape from the hours, "how" no longer remains: you become familiar with that which is without "how."

Hours are not acquainted with timelessness.

For the one who is possessed by time, there is no way there except bewilderment.

--Jelaluddin Rumi

When you are in the moment you are truly alive.

Being in the moment means being aware, with inner peace living in the flow of life.

Not worrying (no undisciplined thinking), not being angry, but being fully alert, aware but relaxed.

Having faith and trust in yourself inner power & inner goodness (God).

Being mindful of the circumstances, connections and consequences of your actions.

Making choices through intuition or higher purer guidance, cultivated from right understanding and lack of ignorance or dissillusion.

see more quotes-'Living in the Present'


 

NO SUCH THING AS TIME!

Time only exists because we perceive it. Time is a concept, and it allows us to experience change in our environment.

Time stops everything from happening at once!

Scientists now refer to time as the Space -Time continum. Space and Time are interelated not independant. Time is relative, space-time is absolute.

If you ask a physicist s/he would tell you that, 'No experiments have ever been done that prove the existence of time!'

TIME -SPACE

Time- like space- is an aspect that characterizes our universe, and therefore it exists only in relation to matter, in its manifestation of mass/energy. Outside the world of matter- which Damanhur's philosophy calls the 'World of Forms'- we can imagine that time does not exist. In Damanhur's philosophy time can be considered from two points of view:

1. as a linear sequence of events

2. as a temporal sea of eternal present In order to understand time travel theory and its practical application, it is necessary to comprehend these two aspects.


We are living in a dynamic Technological and Information age -

Internet culture of instant Gratification - we want everything now - time is valuable. Time = money

Vs. On a deeper level - No such thing as time - chill out - slow down

Ask yourself these questions

Analyze your current situation

 

1. Am I happy?

2. What makes me happy? What interests me?

3. What do I want out of life?

4. How will I get there?


The Eternal Presence

If Past to Future is a on horizontal line, the present moment is not in time - it is an vertical movement - transcending time. Osho

No need to worry about the Future - it is just a dream, a set of probabilities, not set in stone yet. Don't live in your fantasies. (But have a purpose)

The Past is just a memory, can't change it - don't regret it - don't live in the wake of life (but learn from the past)

Only the present moments is real, it just is. However as soon as we look at it, it is gone. The present moment arises -is born, and decays - dies very quickly.

In fact the present moment is not eternal, rather the 'flow of isness' is eternal - like a river.

Life is movement, is change, is like a river - you can never step in the same river twice.

The unchanging part, you need to find for yourself.

But I'll hint - the unchanging part is the eternal Being / the eternal presence / the primordial essence.

Living in the present, spiritually means living in the presence of God - constantly

Enlightened ones, such as Buddha, Christ, Krishna - ie.God -realized beings, would be in the presence of the moment 100% - hence they were conscious breathers. Never disturbed or distracted - no negative ego - no thoughts - just being - with the light of shining awareness / illumination of pure intelligence

Just responding, spontaneously - from a calm inner state of being (equanimity) instead of reacting from ego craving /grasping / self centredness!


Observations

Many people are not aware of the present moment because they are worrying about what happened yesterday or 20 years ago, or worrying what might happen tomorrow or in 5 years.

Once one becomes aware of the moment or something in it, one is truly alive, and truly One with True Self

With this clear perception evolves an awareness cultivated not influenced by desire, fear or attachment

eg. when a car swerves in front of you one is alive for a few seconds, before or after that you are thinking about future or past.

Tips To help stay in the moment

Only in the present moment do we have control over our mind-body.

In fact if you ever feel stressed, just take a few deep breaths, take a step back (wider perspective), and be present - the emotion remains - bare as it is - with no attachment to you - the observer of the emotion.

Most of us are unconscious - eg. driving , listening to a friend, while thinking about a work assignment, or thinking about what going to say.

Only in the present moment does one has dominion over one's actions, thoughts, feelings and words.

The problem is not our thoughts, emotions, deeds etc, it is our attachment to them that matters. It is our clinging and grasping to the thoughts and emotions that is the problem - that keeps us in the cycle of samsara / suffering.


related reading

Stillness Speaks: Whispers of Now ~ Eckhart Tolle --
(Paperback - 1 September, 2003)

 

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