Be Here Now

The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. – Benjamin Maslow

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A man traveling from town to town comes to a field, where he encounters a tiger.  He turns and runs as fast he can; the tiger chases after him.

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As he reaches a cliff, he grabs hold of a vine and swings himself over the edge.

Looking down, he sees another hungry tiger looking up at him.  The only thing the man can do is hold onto the vine.

At that moment, he notices two mice chewing away at the vine that holds him between life and death.

The man looks to his right and sees a plump wild strawberry.  He reaches over and picks it.

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It tasted so good…

 

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Marcus Aurelius put it succinctly: “Do every act as if it were your last.”

When you walk, walk.  When you study, study.  When you eat strawberries, eat strawberries.

Then die.

This is the Zen way, the mindfulness way, the living way.

The purpose is in doing what you are doing, not in some possible future outcome.  Study for the sake of studying, not for the hope of learning or understanding (those will come on their own).

Be here now.

Not in the future.

Not in the past.

The “future” — which doesn’t really exist —  brings worry.

The “past” — which doesn’t really exist — brings regret.

The present brings peace and infinite possibilities.

Be here now.

Kill your illusions of “past” or “future.”

(those do not exist)

It is, always has been, and always will be now.

There exists only the present moment…a Now which always and without end is itself new.  There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence. – Meister Eckhart

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Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.  – Deepak Chopra

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