BE HERE NOW

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Be Here Now is a square purple book published in 1971. Somehow during my early school days, I got a copy of it in my search for what life is about and for the meaning of it all.  All these years later, I finally get it. I get what “be here now” meant—to me anyway.

Being here now, in whatever you’re doing or not doing, makes what you’re doing or not doing so much more stable, so much more meaningful, so much more peaceful. For example, if you show up for a yoga class because you want to take classes to feel better and move but when you get to the mat in your home with the video on, you’re distracted. Repeating “be here now” over and over again brings your world only to the mat right there, right then. And you can just focus and be with each movement, each breath. Same goes for anything else. Like cooking. If you be there with the food preparation and cooking, it is so much more enjoyable than doing it while thinking of something else or doing other things in between. And you will infuse your peaceful love into the food you’re making. How about relaxing? Be here now in not doing anything. If you are in the present moment of relaxing, you can really relax, really loosen up and find ease in your body, mind and heart. 

One of our yoga teachers this morning during class said, “how do you be in the moment if everything is always moving/changing?” Love that question and it inspired me to think a little differently on the matter. Well, it really doesn’t matter that everything is in constant change and in constant movement, we can still practice one-pointed focus, one-pointed concentration. Imagine you’re alongside train tracks with an approaching train. In front of the tracks is a beautiful thing—think of anything that is beautiful to you. Allow yourself to study that thing and focus your attention on it. If you are in the moment of studying it, you will sense the train come and go, the train would have passed your sight, but you did not focus on it. 

“Give your fullest attention to whatever the moment presents.”

The beautiful thing we have in ourselves to focus on is our breath helping us to be here now. Being in the present moment of whatever we’re doing or not doing can stand on the breath. The breath can be the foundation. Being here now is a conscious practice of living mindfully. There is stability in that focus, in that acceptance of contentment in this moment in time, no matter what it is. 

“All you really need to do is accept this moment fully. You are then at ease in the here and now and at ease with yourself.” (both quotes by Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher)

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you be compassionate.  May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace. 

By Paulette Mancuga 

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