Word(s) of the Week: BE HERE NOW
I may let Ram Dass, author of "Be Here Now," speak for himself through some best-known quotes:
For myself, awake on Sunday morning after an insufficient sleep, my first thought was to speak of it - complain, as it were - as though that would be a proper substitute for being awake too much of the night. There were two choices: be here, in this moment, groggy yet sun-touched and present, or be there, in the grip of insomnia brought on by who-knows-what, fretting, wondering if I'd get to sleep before the night was gone. I chose Door #1.
Solid ground only exists for me in this moment. If I wander into the past as anything other than an interested visitor, I invariably manage to feel shame, remorse, guilt and sorrow for the choices I did or did not make. Time has allowed me to become kinder to my past self but there are scenes glimpsed in the rear-view mirror that still give me the whim-whams. The future is so unknowable that travel there is the definition of folly. I hope, I guess, I try to will the outcome I think may put everything right, guarantee all that cannot possibly be promised. Or I dread, I fear, I worry. What a goose.
The art of being here, and only here, now is one I practice constantly, as an apprentice in any field would. In my favor is the fact that I now know the different options offered by present, past and future, know that two of them are chump choices. Mindfulness, a word for another week, helps keep me out of the swampiest places.