“The immense challenge to each one of us is this: Can we live our daily lives, at least for moments at a time, in the wonder of presence that is the creative force of everything?”
~From The Wonder of Presence and the Way of Meditative Inquiry
by Toni Packer
It all boils down to now, this moment.
The experience you are having right now is it.
The present moment is life—it’s what is real.
And the moment is just what it is.
You can pile all the thoughts,
feelings, and imaginations
that you want into this moment,
but this moment is still just this.
from her book, Living in the Now
Filed under: Random Reflections
I just discovered and enjoyed this post about living in the present moment on a blog called The Byzantine Anglo-Catholic.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough troubles of its own.
I am a pipe the wind blows through,
Be still, it is the wind that sings.
The course of my life and the things that I do
And the seeming false and the seeming true
Are the tune of the wind that neither knows
Good and ill, nor joys and woes.
But the ultimate awe is deeper yet
Than song or pipe or storm;
For pipe and tune are the formless wind
That seemed for a while to take form.
And words are good to escape from words
And strife to escape from strife,
But silence drinks in all the waves
Of song and death and life
The seeker is he who is in search of himself.
Give up all questions except one: ‘Who am I?’ After all, the only fact you are sure of is that you are. The ‘I am’ is certain. The ‘I am this’ is not. Struggle to find out what you are in reality.
To know what you are, you must first investigate and know what you are not.
Discover all that you are not — body, feelings thoughts, time, space, this or that — nothing, concrete or abstract, which you perceive can be you. The very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive.
The clearer you understand on the level of mind you can be described in negative terms only, the quicker will you come to the end of your search and realise that you are the limitless being.
~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj