Friday, January 21, 2011

Living in the Present

At a time when lots of stuff is swirling around, pans in the fire and such, Alan Watts helps me take a step back and see the big picture. We can't live biting our nails hoping for such-and-such a future, we can only learn to live in the now. Sounds cliche, but I think this is a deep truth:

“On the contrary, the measuring of worth and success in terms of time, and the insistent demand for assurances of a promising future, make it impossible to live freely both in the present and in the ‘promising’ future when it arrives. For there is never anything but the present, and if one cannot live there, one cannot live anywhere.”

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