Inspirational Quotes -
Living in the Present Moment


We do not remember days we remember moments.-Cesare Pavase

Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.-Coria Kent

few of us ever live in the present, we are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.- Louis L'Armor

God & Moment

The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable.- Storm Jameson

God speaks to all individuals through what happens moment by moment.- J.P. De Caussade

MAKING THE MOST OF THIS MOMENT

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

ONLY NOW!

The sole life which a man can lose is that which he is living at the moment.- Marcus Aurelius

I live now and only now, and I will do what I want to do this moment and not what I decided was best for me yesterday. - Hugh Prather

A player's effectiveness is directly related to his ability to be right there, doing that thing, in the moment...He can't be worrying about the past or the future or the crowd or some other extraneous event. He must be able to respond in the here and now. - John Brodie

 

LIVING TODAY -

I Just take one day. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today to love Jesus

Today is the blocks with which we build.- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Don't live in the future, live now

Very few men, properly speaking live at present, but are providing to live another time.- Jonathon Swift

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.- Albert Camus

Freedom from worries and surcease from strain are illusions that always inhabit the distance.- Edwin Way Teale

The best preparation for a better life next year is full, complete, harmonious, joyous life this year.- Thomas Dreier

We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand... and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late.- Marie Beynon Ray

When shall we live if not now? -M.F.K. Fisher

And if not now, when? - Talmud

Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine.- William Feather

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine.- Morris West

past, present, future

Today is yesterday's effect and tomorrow's cause.- Philip Gribble

There is no present or future, only the past happening over and over again, now. - Eugene O'neil

Today was once the future from which you expected so much in the past.- Anon

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

Health, Wholeness, Abundance in this moment

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

I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. Abraham Maslow

I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now - unless I am letting any consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or the imagined future.- Ken Keyes, Jr.

It may be life is only worthwhile at moments, Perhaps that is all we ought to expect. - Sherwood Anderson

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Love the moment and the energy of the moment will spread beyond all boundaries. - Corita Kent

 


 

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.

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

 


HOW TO BE PRESENT

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.


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

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

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."

Chogyam Trungpa

"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."

"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

 


 

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