“The whole essence of Zen consists in walking along the razor’s edge of Now.”
“Seize the time. Live now. Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”
~ Jean-Luc Picard
When I first studied Zen, I had a very hard time with this concept. I tried to focus very hard on the present moment, and also on being kind, and as a result, I didn’t always do what was really best for the situation. Over time, you figure out how to respond properly.
“To complain is (your) nonacceptance of what is. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in power. So change the situation by taking action or speaking out. Leave the situation or accept it; all else is madness.
If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options:
- Remove yourself from the situation
- Change it
- Accept it totally
If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options. Then accept the consequences. No excuses. No negativity.”
~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power Of Now (slightly edited by me)
“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
~ Buddha (as seen in this Spirit Rock link)
When you hear mindfulness people say something like, “Life is like a dream,” one thing they mean is that more than 99.99% of the stuff going on in our minds are thoughts about the past and the future. (Past happiness or regrets, and future hopes and concerns.) Because the only thing that’s real in the present moment is what’s actually happening in *only this moment*, anything that’s outside of this moment is in a strict sense no longer real.
Along this line of thinking I like Eckhart Tolle’s two quotes, “The present moment is all you ever have” — you know that to be true for sure if you’ve ever lost consciousness, not knowing if you’d ever open your eyes again — and, “The whole essence of Zen consists in walking along the razor’s edge of Now.”
Nothing major here today, but here’s some source code to start a little Scala “date utilities” class:
“Live in the now.” From a favorite book by Eckhart Tolle, Guardians of Being.
“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”
~ Og Mandino
“Are you stressed? Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’”