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The spot for the good news, the good word, the quick reports of the many, many wonderful news items I hear all the time and want to share with the rest of you. Expect to find the good news when you come to check out "what’s the good word?"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Now

Now in this moment,
Now in this Day,
God is creating
And leading the way.
- Richard and Barbara Howard, Hymns of the Saints 58

Live in the Now, we are told. Live in the present moment.
Sounds easy, right? After all, what other moment can you live in?

And yet we don’t. When we are young, we spend our time thinking about all the things we will do when we are older. It becomes a habit; an addiction perhaps. A child looks at those who are young adults with all that they can do, and dreams of that day. The young adult looks at those who have established themselves and thinks that would be great. Those established with a career, a home and a family look forward to a future time when the mortgage is paid, the children are older and more independent, and then to the freedom of retirement.

Then a funny thing happens. Often, it seems, we stop looking forward and start looking back! We start remembering; perhaps mentally reliving the days of our childhood or youth. We reflect on things done and things not done, and perhaps wish we had done them differently. Is all this an attempt to avoid the Now?

What is it about the Now that is so frightening? Why do we perform such mental gymnastics to avoid thinking about it or living in it? Books have been written encouraging us to embrace it. Religious practice urges us to live in it. In the end, isn’t the Now all we really have?

The present moment is as it is. Always. Can you let it be?
- Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks

1 comment:

  1. I read a book 'The 4 things that matter most' and it addresses in many ways the meaning of the 'now'. It was written by Ira Byock, a Psychologist who serves in the Paliative care facility of a major US hospital. If you want to have your mind brought to the here and now and the things that matter most, I highly recommend this book. It will change your life and how you see family, relationships and time.

    So what are the 4 things that matter most.

    1. Thank you
    2. Forgive me
    3. I Forgive You
    4. I love you

    Take the time to read it, and give it to your friends. They will be grateful to you for opening their eyes and changing their life.

    http://www.thefourthings.org/

    Mel

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