Thursday, January 27, 2011

Something Else


Pestii / The Fish
pictura in acrilic, panza pe rama de lemn, dimensiune 50 x 40 cm
acrylic painting, canvas on wood frame, size 50 x 40 cm



These past few days I have been reading Eckhart Tolle and attempting to live in the Now - which is harder than it sounds.  I've become so accustomed to living in the future or the past, analyzing myself, judging my actions and feelings, thinking or planning how to get out of the present and on to a hopefully better future, that I had lost the pleasure of the Now.  I have come to feel like a small fish trapped in swimming round and round in a very small bucket with no way out towards the ocean - no fun, no wonder.  Then I discovered "The Power of Now" and a question put by a Zen master - "What do you lack in this very moment?"         


Here are some quotes to work on:   
  
Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.


Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.


Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.  


Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.


Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without.



Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it & let it be without imposing a word of mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you.

Be present as the watcher of your mind -- of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations.  Be at least as interested in your reactions as in the situation or person that causes you to react.  Notice also how often your attention is in the past or future.  Don't judge or analyze what you observe.  Watch the thought, feel the emotion, observe the reaction.  Don't make a personal problem out of them.  You will then feel something more powerful than any of those things that you observe: the still, observing presence itself behind the content of your mind, the silent watcher.

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