present moment

A Quote by Tsunetomo Yamamoto on bushido, zen, life, present moment, and spiritual warrior

There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succesion of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the present moment.

Tsunetomo Yamamoto

Source: The Hagakure

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A Quote by Tsunetomo Yamamoto on bushido, zen, life, present moment, and spiritual warrior

Everyone lets the present moment slip by, then looks for it as though he thought it was somewhere else. No one seems to have noticed this fact. But grasping this firmly, one must pile experience upon experience. And once one has come to this understanding he will be a different person from that point on, though he may not always bare it in mind. When one understands this settling into single-mindedness well, his affairs will thin out.

Tsunetomo Yamamoto

Source: The Hagakure

Contributed by: Laurens

A Quote by Rainer Maria Rilke on impermanence, beauty, terror, feeling, feelings, emotion, now, and present moment

Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror, no feeling is final.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)

Contributed by: Allison

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

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Gaurav on present moment, life, and decision

The most important decision you'll ever make is how to spend the present moment !


Contributed by: Gaurav

A Quote by Jane Roberts on natural person, telepathy, clairvoyance, magical thinking, present moment, belief, and behavior

SETH said: The natural person is to be found, now, not in the past or in the present, but beneath layers and layers of official beliefs, so you are dealing with an archeology of beliefs to find the person who creates beliefs to begin with.  As I have said often, evidence of clairvoyance, telepathy, or whatever, are not eccentric, isolated instances occurring in man's experience, but are representative of natural patterns of everyday behavior that become invisible in your world because of the official picture of behavior and reality. 

Jane Roberts

Source: The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About the Art of Creative Living (Roberts, Jane), Pages: 89

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A Quote by Jane Roberts on seth, jane roberts, present moment, beliefs, past, and past beliefs

Seth emphatically says: THE PRESENT IS THE POINT OF POWER.  According to him the point of power is where flesh and matter meet with spirit.  That juncture embodies the actions and beliefs we choose to draw from all previous points of power.  From our current present we project, for better or worse, those choices, plus any new ones we may decide upon, into each of the presents we'll be creating throughout the rest of our lives.  The contents of our projections, then, are of supreme importance. 

As Seth suggests through even a five minute exercise, in which we sit quietly and look about, we can become aware that the present is the point of power.  In his exercise, we gently remind ourselves that we aren't at the mercy of our past beliefs unless we think we are.  We have the full freedom to insert new creative goals in our point-of-power exercises.  Next, we relax, to give our fresh suggestions time to begin working within us.  Next, physically we make a simple gesture or act, no matter how modest, that is in line with our desires for the future.  Periodically we repeat the exercise --- but easily, without pressure, confident that we're doing well.  Action is thought in physical motion, Seth tells us.... In The Nature of Personal Reality Seth deals extensively with the point of power, its exercises and meanings and benefits.  See especially sessions 656-57 in Chapter 15.

Jane Roberts

Source: The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About the Art of Creative Living (Roberts, Jane), Pages: 57

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Abraham H. Maslow on self-actualization, tao, fulfillment, god, gods, and present moment

Something of the sort has already been described for the self-actualizing person. Everything now comes of its own accord, pouring out, without will, effortlessly, purposelessly. He acts now totally and without deficiency, not homeostatically or need-reductively, not to avoid pain or displeasure or death, not for the sake of a goal further on in the future, not for any end other than itself. His behavior and experience becomes per se, and self-validating, end-behavior and end-experience, rather than means-behavior or means-experience. At this level, I have called the person godlike because most gods have been considered to have no needs or wants, no deficiencies, nothing lacking, to be gratified in all things. The characteristics and especially actions of the “highest,” “best” gods have then been deduced as based upon not-wanting.

Abraham Maslow (1908 - 1970)

Source: Toward a Psychology of Being, 3rd Edition, Pages: 121

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A Quote by Charlotte Joko Beck on buddhism, teachers, and present moment

Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath.
Every moment is the Guru.

Joko Beck

Contributed by: Kaeru

A Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh on happiness, meditation, present moment, and tangerine

Each time you look at a tangerine, you can see deeply into it. You can see everything in the universe in one tangerine. When you peel it and smell it, it’s wonderful. You can take your time eating a tangerine and be very happy.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: Peace Is Every Step : The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Pages: 22

Contributed by: Jessica

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