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Sunday, May 17, 2009

chapter 25 - present moment now


The past and the future do not exist in reality.

The past is a bunch of happy and unhappy memories and the future is a bunch of either hopeful or fearful imaginations.

The only existence is the present moment, from moment to moment continuously.

If we can keep our awareness concentrate at the present moment now, we will find that there is no fear and worries at all. And thus we are at peace at that very moment.

Once our concentration is not there anymore, our mind will either runaway to past memories (either happiness or sadness) thinking about the past events or it will run to the future imagining about things that we are going to do next or what could happened?

This will remind us about the past events that either had hurt us in the past or still hurting us now, even though it is already the past, it doesn't exist anymore and nothing that we can change about it, or it will remind us about something that had made us felt happy but it's gone and left us with longing for those happiness which will not repeat again.

And the imaginations that are projecting into the future will only generate lots of fear and worries towards something that hasn't exist at all or we will be having high expectation towards our planning for the future. And when thing doesn't come out as what we expected it to be, we will be so disappointed and upset.

How often that when we are being at home, we are worrying about things at work or somewhere else? And while we are being at work or out of the home, we are worrying about things at home.

So often that our mind is not concentrating at the things that we are doing such as driving or eating. Accidents happen when we do not pay attention onto what we are doing.

The mind is always somewhere else, doesn't like to stay at the present moment that we are in right now.

What we can do is, once we are aware of the mind has gone somewhere else, without any frustration we bring it back to the present moment, continuously doing this until the mind can stay in the present moment for a long time.

Forget what we like and dislike, forget what we want and don't want.

Forget our status in the world, forget the condition of our body.

From moment to moment, observing the changes in our mind and the ever-changing surrounding environment without attaching to them, without judgments, without reactions.

Accept ourselves as we are at the moment, how we feel at the moment, what we can do or cannot do at the moment, where we are now at the moment.

Accept the world as it is now at the moment.

We will find peace at this instant moment.

Forget the past, forget the future, constantly be at the present moment is Yoga.


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