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A Quote by Eknath Easwaran on detachment, present awareness, and present moment

To enjoy anything, we cannot be attached to it.  What we usually try to do is capture any joy that comes our way before it can escape.  We try to cling to pleasure, but all we succeed in doing is making ourselves frustrated because, whatever it promises, pleasure simply cannot last.  But if I am willing to kiss the joy as it flies, I say, 'Yes, this moment is beautiful.  I won't grab it.  I'll let it go.'  And I live with a mind at peace and a heart untroubled.  Pleasure comes and goes.  When it goes, we don't need to cling to memories of the past happiness or dwell on when it may come again.  When we turn to the past yearning, we are running away from the present.  When we propel ourselves into the future in anticipation, we are running away from the present.  This is the secret of the world's spiritual tradition called detachment:  If we don't cling to past or future we live entirely here and now, in 'Eternity's sunrise.'

Eknath Easwaran

Source: Take Your Time: How to Find Patience, Peace, and Meaning

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A Quote by Thomas Moore on care of soul, soul, present awareness, and awareness

Care of the soul can be demanding, requiring a decision that the needs of the soul are as important as the more future-oriented things that claim our attention.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: SoulMates, Pages: 10

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A Quote by Henry Miller on mystery, attention, presence, present awareness, and awareness

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificient world in itself

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

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