One day, today will be just a memory.
It will be the past, stored somewhere in my mind, in my unconscious. If I am lucky I would have a picture on my phone to remember something from today. A moment from my voice-over recording session perhaps, or a conversation with a friend, or maybe the taste of my dinner will stay with me a while longer. Hopefully, somehow, I will lock in a snapshot image in my mind of a moment from today; a moment from the elusive and alluring NOW.
The present moment is always fleeting. Almost like it is never here and always here.
After all, it is ALWAYS the present, and yet - how do we hold on to it when the mind is only able to remember the past and hope and plan for the future?
In the battle for our attention - the present seems to be a constant loser.
Ekhart Tolle may tell us all beautiful tips and affirmations on the Power of Now, and we may buy his book. We may place it on our shelf or even read it. Even read it a few times. Maybe even gift it to our friends. It is after all, a best seller. And yet - most of us walk through our daily lives like addicts of the past and the future. Hardly pondering on 'the power of NOW.' In the fast western society I live in - most of us can't even sit still for a moment. In my society - even meditation seems to be a privilege for those few who are able to concentrate enough to tap into the elusive 'present.'
As the animated film 'Kung Fu Panda' says:
'There is a saying: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.'
I'd like to practice receiving the present of THE POWERFUL PRESENT.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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