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You Are This Moment

You Are This Moment

All the power and fulfillment humans yearn for exist in the present moment. In the now is tremendous energy, more than the mind can imagine. Nothing could be closer, yet nothing slips away faster. That is the mystery and the paradox. To solve it, realize that you are this moment.

All the power that is present here must be found within. Everyone has some days full of energy, excitement, and optimism, and other days marked by fatigue, confusion, and pessimism. What makes the difference? Some people think the answer lies in bodily cycles, or the play of random forces, or fate, or luck. But the answer lies in your ability to be present.

If you want to ride the crest of time, you need all the energy you can get, and that energy is found within the moment.

One can’t help but wonder how the present moment ever got away. You can answer this yourself with a simple exercise. Sit for a second and consider how memory works. When you see someone’s face but can’t quite remember his name, what do you do? If you struggle to remember, the very effort seems to shut down the power of recall. But we’ve all experienced how a forgotten name or fact will suddenly come to us when we’re not trying to remember at all. Just letting go of the whole business seems to activate the power of recall.

Adapted from The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 1995).

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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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11:27AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

loved this thanks !

11:47PM PST on Jan 24, 2013


6:50PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Thank you!

6:04PM PST on Jan 24, 2013


3:43PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Say, Ron G., so I guess that you are living for some future, imagined, moment,when Jesus will be speaking to you? Could you live an ethical, caring life without that expectation?
Treat yourself, and others, with loving kindness.

3:39PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

" Another day older, and one day closer to death..." Pink Floyd, if I got the quote right.
At first I thought he was not selling another book, but I was wrong.
Anyway, in the bit of Buddha wisdom I have learned recently, part of Mindfulness study, there is ONLY THIS moment. And there it went, but HERE is another, and more coming.
"Remember, Be Here NOW," is the name of a book by Babba Ram Dass, and that's what it is all about, in a nut shell.
Mindfulness is about being aware of oneself, and one's surroundings, in each fleeting moment. We can plan for the future, in this moment, but can't focus on it, or we will loose this one, every moment. We can learn from the past, but can't obsess about it, or we will loose those moments during which we are living in the past.

3:31PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

A present moment is just as a .." flash in the pan"...because that is all it is ..just a moment.It has immediately become part of the past again.Then it moves on to the next "present moment".So is that what our lives mean,what they consist of ? The past has gone.the present is now but the future ?...does it ever come? Just as quick as the present has become the past,the immediate future has become the present . Such is the world of the physical because we view it relative to " time". But there is another realm where past,present and future become one.That is a GOAL by which our lives have meaning.It gives our lives a purpose for which to aim .It is the spiritual realm of where we are already part so our purpose is to ready ourselves for that goal and be able to say..." I have fought the good fight,I have completed the race,I have kept the FAITH " What could be better than to hear Jesus say .." Well done good and faithful servant,you have been faithful over a few things,I will make you ruler over many things;enter into the joy of your Lord." Our 'present' is the running of that race.

3:27PM PST on Jan 24, 2013


1:13PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

yes live the now because every mintue every second you are aging and closer to are wasting learn to enjoy the moment sooner or later it will be taken away!

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