Monday, June 15, 2009

The art of Here and Now

Everything there is, is part of a chain – the chain of cause and effect.
Nothing just happens by accident. Not even wining the lottery.
(You still have to buy a ticket before that could happen :)

A hundred year old oak tree was once a tiny acorn.
A successful business was once a start up.
A happy relationship was once a simple “Hello”
If you can see this, you are half way into understanding the power of here and now.

There are people living in the past, always dreaming about the good old days, always talking about what could have been and about lost opportunities.
And there are people living in the future always dreaming about things to come about what it will be and about future opportunities.
But they are not going anywhere, anytime because you can not plant an acorn; start a business or say “hello” in the past and the future is not here yet.

Between the “I should have” “I could have” “I would have” and “I should” “I could” and “I will” there is that magic window of opportunity called “I can”
This is the time to start the chain of events that will lead you to success.
This is the time to plant your seed.

Go back to your dream and trace your steps backwards from the future success to the present action.
See yourself in the moment of success.
See yourself one step before that.
Then another step before and another one, until you see yourself planting the seed in the moment of now.

Do this exercise for all the dreams you have.
Make a list of all your “seeds” you have to plant.
Do it!

The art of here and now is the art of seeing the seed that is in your dream.
The art of here and now is the art of seizing the opportunity.
The art of here and now is the art of acting without delay.


Don't Feed The Pixies said...

I think i'm in that place right now. After doing my celebrant course i've become more convinced than ever that i can't just sit and watch the rest of my life float by because i'm too afraid of what i will lose if the risk doesn't work out.

But then...if it doesn't work out and i can't pay the bills...

I don't want to look back at my life and think "well what a total waste that was", but i've spent so long trying to convince myself that i don't have the freedom to follow my dreams because the hope hurt too much - and now...

Well, we'll see.

Thanks for this post - it's given me much to think on

Ted Bagley said...

Reminds me of the name on the Dude's bowling shirt in "Big Lebowski"

Diego said...

In my current mode of self remodeling, this idea of living in the present keeps returning into my frame of reference again and again and I have to thank you Buddha for being one of the sources.

Buddha said...

@ Pixie - I am working on the next installment that continues the theme of living in the now - so I have more advice that might help :)

@ Ted - "Bowling and the art of here and now" sounds like a good title for a zen Buddhist book :)

@ Diego - Nothing feels better than being able to inspire others:)