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What If? The Tao of Now

What If? The Tao of Now

Be inspired by an excerpt from The Tao of Now: Daily Wisdom from Mystics, Sages, Poets, and Saints:

“Most of us go through each day looking for what we saw yesterday. And, not surprisingly, that is what we find. Most of us expect the same, or worse, and we are not frequently disappointed. But what would happen if we started to expect surprise? What if we removed the blinders that allow us to see only more of the negative things we have come to expect in life? What if we started to look for the ordinary magic? Would we be disappointed?”

“What would happen to us if we really fell in love with life? How would our lives change if we really thought, as Thoreau encourages, that reality is fabulous? What if we took his advice and ‘steadily observed reality only’? Would our lives really be like a fairy tale, as he suggests? What if we started to look for the grand things that life would bring us each day? Would we be fools of whom other people take advantage, or would we find that life is exciting, joyful, and wonderful?” —James A. Kitchens

Spiritual liberation is not somewhere in the sky. It is found right here in the everyday and ordinary.

Adapted from The Tao of Now, by Josh Baran (Hampton Roads, 2008).

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9:16PM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Interesting!! Thanks a lot :-)

10:55AM PST on Feb 11, 2013


9:12PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

I agree fully. When you get out of the story line and incessant thoughts running through your head and tune into what is happening right now, right in front of you, the world becomes magical and alive! Practice quieting the voice in the head with all it's commentary and judgements, and things previously seen as ordinary and mundane, come to life in magical ways! :)

7:57AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012


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3:05AM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

I know in theory there's magic in every moment, just haven't found the way yet to shift my consciousness to experience it, except fleetingly.

1:54AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

thanks for the infomation

1:09AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:00PM PDT on Oct 28, 2010


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