Now or Never

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Past consists memory and the future anticipations. Only the present is precious. The more we focus on the past and future the most pleasant present is missed.

Human is never fully present in the actual. We either unconsciously analyze the past or hope for the better future.

To resist, the Now is futile and insane, by doing so we oppose the life itself.

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  1. Ok, how about an opposing viewpoint? First, is the “present” always pleasant? Second, let’s play with this: what is the “now”? How long (in time) is it? How many seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, etc., does one stay in the now before it slips in from the future and slides away into the past? Try it, figure it out then decide for yourself, what is the “now” that’s left when you completely and honestly, remove everything from it that is of the future and of the past. Have fun! 🙂

    • To live in present implies to be aware for each & every moment. Over indulgence of thought process for past happenings increases unnecessary mental agony. Enjoyment of present absolutely is a simple step.while performing any task we ought to be fully aware of our each step from moment to moment.

      • Ok, but why must thinking about the past automatically mean mental agony? What if the past happens to be a very pleasant experience I want to relive in my mind, or a deep teaching I picked up and I want to remind myself of it so I can use it? Then there’s the future – an endless unexplored landsape towards which I am traveling in time: do I not have a responsibility to project into that future and shape it? Must I just wait for it, as if it was the weather, nothing to be done? Then, to be conscious only of the “present” or now, if that means remaining conscious of every breath, every heartbeat, every body feeling, every emotion – that to me would be boredom unto death! The reason we are equipped with an autonomous operating system run by the brain is so we can free our mind to wander, wonder, and create. To me, having tried the “live in the now” thing, the present is more like “the prison” of the mind. Question: have you traveled through time? Re-lived (in your mind) some of your past lives? Even a more daring jump, experienced future lives and choosing how to live them? I think that the “now” is best understood as inclusive of all that we were, are, and will be. If we are stressed, it’s not because we project out of the now, it’s because we have not made the effort to meet life face-to-face, to understand why we have inarnated, here and now. My thoughts…

        • Each & every thought, speech or deed are accomplished only in present. Analysis of past events is done in present moment. Likewise future planning id also done in the present moment. Over indulgence in past & future is nothing more than futile exercise. For an example today while returning to residence I had heated argument with a co passenger. At the dinner table by focussing on that incidence again & again certainly I would miss the enjoyment of the fragerance of the dishes, texturer of the bread and taste of the curries. Similarly the future is not certain. The outcome may or may not be as per our aspirations. For another example participating in a project planning committee meeting if my thought process keep the mind worrying about the results, I would not be able to use my 100% knowledge and expertise.

        • Do you believe that past exists ,or the future, sorry my friend but only present exists and only for a short moment , grasp it or you will left the world with empty hands

      • This begs the question: why? Why insist on being aware of each and every step when one is doing a horribly boring, repetitive job? I find nothing attractive about such a condition, quite the opposite. Have you ever worked on an assembly line, say in a food-processing plant for example?

        • Horribly boring or full of happiness are the feelings of mind which have a tendency of clinging to likes and aversion to dislikes. While remaining in present and accepting the outcome as the way it is enhances the everlasting joy.

    • I do wonder though if the mind insists on “wandering” in the past or future, it isn’t telling us something essential to experiencing the kind of life we are in? Honestly, if one were to live strictly in the present, or the “now” and not wander off a tiny bit to the past of the future, how would one develop any vision for one’s life, having no memory of past events, and forbidden from scanning any likely or possible future? More simply put, how would one prepare a lunch for the next day? If one lives only in/for the “now” or “present” then there can’t be a next day, can it?
      Imagine an ocean. There are two things on its surface: a piece of wood and a boat. No doubt both will eventually reach a shore. The wood will arrive with no destination and no plan, possibly after many years of useless wandering and much wear and tear to no avail. Its arrival will be as meaningless as its watery travails. The boat, however, having a destination will serve a purpose upon reaching it. If the captain of the boat was living in the present, he would have shut his engines down and simply floated.
      This is a philosophical question: seems to me that living in the present has to include some awareness of past and future, therefore doesn’t that invalidate the concept?

      • My dear friend to remain in present never implies that one should not think about past or future. Certainely you would also agree that what ever task, whether thinking or acting, we acomplish is done in present only. We can analyse the past memories in present. Smilarly the future planning is also taken up in the present it self. By remaining in present with full awareness we would be able to complete the job in hand with our 100% capacity and ability.For example what benefit would I gain by thinking of past memories again and again while attempting to examination

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