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Are You Present in Time?

Are You Present in Time?

Before a thought arises in your mind, you are in a timeless state. After a thought has served its purpose, whether it brings up a desire or the memory of a past event, you return to that state of timelessness. There, you donít need a reason to be happy. You just are.

Happiness based on reasons is actually another form of misery. Whatever the reason for your happiness Ė a good relationship, a pleasurable situation, or material possessions Ė it can be taken away from you at any moment.

Therefore, your happiness is fragile and dependent on externals. Happiness without reasons is real happiness. It is frequently referred to as bliss. This is a happiness that can never be taken away.

You donít need to seek bliss, nor do you need to feel nostalgic once youíve experienced it. Bliss is available in the now. So what is the now? We call it present-moment awareness, which is a good phrase, because it reminds us that bliss cannot be found by remembering the past or anticipating the future.

The present has no time span. The instant you try to measure the present moment, it disappears. So the now is ever renewing. It is timeless because time cannot stop it. The now can never grow old or die.

Time is a mysterious phenomenon, but we know that it is subjective, and we use it to measure experience. Consider the following sentences: I was having a good time and the hours flew by; I was bored and time dragged; I was o a tight deadline and time was running out; The beauty of the mountains was so breathtaking that time stood still.

Adapted from The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2009).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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6:22PM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

Thanks :)

2:41AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Thank you :)

2:20PM PDT on May 11, 2013

This is edifying. Thanks

3:12PM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

PTSD makes maintaining present focus difficult.

1:13AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thank you for the article.

1:42PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Time..we are all slaves to it .. no way around it !

10:35AM PDT on Nov 2, 2011

Maybe I just think too much...

11:36PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Time is an illusion.

It is a primary illusion in these lower worlds.

With practice you can learn to lengthen or shorten time at will.

It's fun.

All that exists in these lower worlds is present to us only if we think so. Change your thought and you can change matter, energy, space and time, which are themselves only solidified thought.

It just takes a clear conscious, an ethical soul, and lots of practice. lol

2:17PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

thanks

1:27PM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

thanks

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