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Buddha, a Chestism

10 comments | November 24th, 2011

We first posted this Chestism in August.  As we go into the Thanskgiving holiday, we're reposting some of our OOC Faves, some of the thoughts we're thankful for having been able to share, and this is one of them. Happy, happy, you guys.  XO, OOC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

 

Buddha has wisdom and game.  Presence is hard.  For us any way.  We also consider it one of the most important parts of living fully and happily, and not spending untold amounts of time on worry and wonder.  But that's just us.

 

What about you?  You as present as you want to be?  When you find yourself less than present, what brings you back to the moment?  Any tips on presence and NOW you care to share with the crowd? 
 

10 comments

  • Belle

    Posted on August 30, 2011

    I know it is double-cheesy deluxe, but my mother always used to repeat this line “yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, today is all we have.” It has become like a mantra for me.

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  • Eliza

    Posted on August 30, 2011

    I am so not present I am already thinking about the next sentence I want to write.

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  • Shelly K.

    Posted on August 30, 2011

    I recommend Tich Nacht Han’s You Are Here to everyone.

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    • KT

      Posted on August 30, 2011

      I read this and loved it. A great recommendation.

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      • OOC

        Posted on August 30, 2011

        Thanks to you both. Any one else with any books that have helped make a difference for you and your presence?

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        • Mama's Tantrum

          Posted on November 1, 2011

          Pema Chadron. Love her books, podcasts and talks. She has one-liners and phrases that are easy mantras. “When Things Fall Apart” is a book of hers that I frequently pick up. Don’t judge a book by its name; things don’t have to fall apart in order to get something from this book.

          John Kabat-Zinn is another good one to look up. From UMass, he’s known for introducing the practice mindfulness into medicine. I can’t suggest a book of his, but I’ve listened to his podcasts and attended his talks.

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  • Birdy

    Posted on August 30, 2011

    If I can catch myself wandering and dwelling in the past or future, I can usually bring myself back to the moment. It is a practice!

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  • living now

    Posted on November 29, 2011

    When my angel dog who has a genetic illness that makes her unable to walk needs me, which is quite often – it really brings me back to the present –

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