I believe in the Now – the present moment. I believe in the now
because for 50-some years I had led my life as if the past & future
were more important than the present moment – the Now: I was usually pre-
occupied with past regrets or past memories or with future concerns
This past & future pre-occupation can be compared to
reflected moonlight as opposed to the direct sunlight of the Now – the present moment.
Like many people I had things reversed – I was mostly ignoring the
sunlight of the Now. I was lost in the pale moonlight of past &
For me this past & future pre-occupation was a set-up for addictions:
severe nicotine addiction; mild to moderate caffeine and sexual
addictions; and worst of all a thinking addiction.I couldn’t find the
off switch for thought. I didn’t realize that there’s a higher level
of awareness than thought. And I was hurting others and myself with
There’s an old parable from the Middle East about a beggar sitting
on an old locked wooden box by the side of the road where he begged.
Finally one day when goaded by a stranger, the beggar opens up the box
and is astonished to find that the box is filled with gold. Well I’ve
come to realize that the present moment is that gold. Consider that
nothing really exists outside of the present moment – the Now. Did
Socrates live in the past? No, Socrates lived in the Now. Does anything
really exist outside of the Now?
I believe in the Now because there are rarely problems in the Now?
I’ve come to realize that the vast majority of my so-called problems were
just mind projections into the past or future.
The importance of the Now – the present moment is rapidly becoming the
the Next Big Thing in modern psychology. Psychologists call it ‘mind-
fullness’ or ‘presence.’ It’s becoming huge. Psychologists contrast mindfulness
with it’s opposite: mindlessness or ‘Monkey Mind.’ The comparison
helps clarify what ‘mindfulness’ is. ‘Monkey Mind’ refers to a monkey
going from tree to tree, tasting a piece of fruit from each tree and
then dropping it and moving on to the next tree.
And so it was with me: jumping from thought to thought while rarely
being in the present; missing so many moments of my so-called life.
I’d likely still be lost in the wilderness of thought had I not
stumbled upon Eckhart Tolle’s phenomenol book: ‘The Power of Now.’
Also helpful was Michael Brown’s book: ‘The Presence Process.’
So to all of you I say – let’s honor the Now with presence, with
mindfulness and with the lightness and ease and joy that accompany
being present and awake.
Let’s honor the Now – Now!! …and now…and now…and now.
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