Living in the Present Moment

My friend Gerry sent me the other day an excerpt from one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s books, Our Appointment With Life: The Buddha’s Teaching on Living in the Present. The statement of the Buddha’s teaching on living in the present moment is no less useful for Christians and other non-Buddhists as it is for Buddhists.

Thich Nhat Hanh writes:

Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is
in the very here and now,
the practitioner dwells
in stability and freedom

We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late,
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows
how to dwell in mindfulness night and day “one who knows the better way to live alone.”

Mindfulness is something we can all benefit from cultivating, and there are many practices for doing so (some of which I talk about in Growing in Love and Wisdom.)

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