We do not
we remember moments.
There is only the
moment. The now. Only what you are experiencing at this
second is real.
This does not mean you live for the
moment. It means you live in the moment.
Arturo Toscanini's eightieth birthday, someone asked his son, Walter,
what his father ranked as his most important achievement.
The son replied, "For him there can be no such thing.
Whatever he happens to be doing at the moment is the biggest thing in
whether it is conducting a symphony or peeling an orange."
is not lost by dying; life is lost minute
by minute, day
by day, in all
the thousand small, uncaring ways.
-Stephen Saint Vincent Benet
only time that any of us have to grow or change or feel or learn
is in the present moment. But we're continually
our present moments,
almost willfully, by not paying
|Each moment is magical,
precious and complete and will never exist again.
We forget that
now is the moment we are in, that the next one isn't guaranteed.
And if we are blessed with another moment, any joy, creativity or
it brings will ensue from the way we live in the present one.
|It is privilege of living to be . . .
acutely, agonizingly conscious
of the moment that
present and always passing.
single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So
on the influx of greater thoughts. We
be blessed if we lived in the present always,
every accident that befell us, like the grass which
influence of the slightest dew that falls on it; and
did not spend our
time in atoning
for the neglect of past opportunities,
which we call
doing our duty. We loiter in winter
while it is already spring.
we really want to live, we'd better start at once to try;
If we don't, it doesn't matter, we'd better start to die.
|To finish the moment, to find the
in every step of the road, to live the
greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
|What we are talking about is learning to
live in the present moment, in the now.
aren't distracted by your own negative thinking, when you
allow yourself to get lost in moments that are gone
or yet to come,
you are left with this moment. This
moment--now--truly is the only moment you have.
is beautiful and special. Life is simply a series
of such moments to be experienced
one right after another.
If you attend to the moment you are in
connected to your soul and remain happy,
you will find
that your heart is filled with positive feelings.
|Life is a succession of
To live each one is to succeed. -Corita Kent
is gone, and I don't know what's coming in the future. It's obvious
that if I want my life to be whole, to
resonate with feeling and integrity
and value and health,
there's only one way I can influence the future: by
owning the present. If I can relate to this
moment with integrity,
and then this moment with
integrity, and then this moment with integrity,
then the sum of that is going to be very different over
over mind moments that stretch out into what we
call a life, than a life
that is lived mostly on
automatic pilot, where we are reacting
mechanical and are therefore somewhat numb.
Every second is of infinite value.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
minutes! Count them by sensation,
and not by calendars,
and each moment is a day. -Benjamin Disraeli
longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.
I have the happiness of the
and what more can mortal ask?
-George R. Gissing
latest moment is always
our supreme moment.
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People who are “being” are fully present.
They are totally engaged in the moment.
This engagement includes an easy appreciation and sense
of connection with
whomever or whatever they are relating to
at the time. These
people are aware
of a job well done or a difficulty surmounted
and will respect and often acknowledge
the person who has
accomplished it. “Being” is a state of heart and mind
that is receptive
and able to listen carefully.
Live in the present. Do the things that need to be done.
Do all the good you can each day. The future will unfold.
are within a mystery, a dream of the moment, and the
epitome of life is to live ever present within it. Our
illusions and fantasies are not relative to the present
Here and now is where all the mystery lies hidden.
think about the future. Just be here now.
Don't think about the past. Just be here now.
second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe,
a moment that never was before and never will be again.
was regretting the past and fearing the future.
Suddenly God was speaking. "My name is 'I
Am.'" I waited. God continued.
you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets,
it is hard. I am not there. My name is not
you live in the future, with its problems and fears,
it is hard. I am not there. My name is not
'I will be.'
you live in this moment, it is not hard. I am
here. My name is 'I Am.'"
stopped thinking all the time of
stopped asking myself what's going
to happen tomorrow. What's
this minute, that's what I care
about. I say: What
are you doing
at this moment, Zorba? . . . I'm kissing
a woman. Well, kiss her well, Zorba!
all the rest while
you're doing it; there's nothing else
earth, only you and her! -Nikos
How wonderful are islands! Islands in
space, like this one I have come to,
ringed about by miles of water, linked by no bridges, no
no telephones. An island from the world and the world's
life. Islands in time,
like this short vacation of mine. The past and the
future are cut off; only the
present remains. Existence in the present gives island
living an extreme vividness
and purity. One lives like a child or a saint in the
immediacy of here and now.
Every day, every act, is an island, washed by time and space,
an island's completion. People, too, become like islands
in such an atmosphere,
self-contained, whole and serene; respecting other people's
solitude, not intruding
on their shores, standing back in reverence before the miracle
of another individual. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh
|Look at life through the windshield,
not the rearview mirror.
My sister Barbara tried to teach me this lesson
more than twenty years ago. At the time, she was
planning her wedding under what I can only describe as
bittersweet circumstances. On the one hand, my
sister was about to realize a life-long dream:
at age thirty-eight, she was about to marry the man
she had been in love with since they were
teenagers. On the other, she had just been
diagnosed with colon cancer. . . .
"What good would it do to be angry,
Patsy?" she said gently. "I can't
change the past and I can't control the future.
I can, however, make the most of the present.
Shot and I are together now. At this
moment. And, if you think about it, this moment
is all any of us really has."
The ability to live fully in the moment--in the
time and place we are right now--is one of the
greatest secrets I know of living joyfully.
Because once you grasp it, freedom is very
close. You stop worrying about the past and
stressing out about the future. Enjoying
life--not agonizing about what happened yesterday or
what might happen tomorrow--becomes your
priority. Your days become a gift, not a grind.
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