Welcome to a brand new set of Awesome Quotes. For a change, it’s not a Friday thing.
This week’s theme is today, or the here and now.
I recently participated in a 7-day camp at The Yoga Institute at Santacruz, Mumbai and am enrolled at a teacher’s training course at the same place (I’ve spoken about this earlier, here and here). A big lesson I have learnt there thus far, is to stay in the present. To consciously be where I am, whatever I am doing, with whoever I am. I have realised I have rarely done that in quite some time now.
Tap into your thoughts at any given point of time. Our mind is very fast. Most normal events are too slow or not sufficiently stimulative for it to be completely engaged with those tasks, and it wanders. We are either fretting over the past, the could-have and should-have-beens, or worrying over the future, what is yet to be. Neither is wrong or bad, just know that either way, it shall bear you no fruits, material or otherwise. You cannot change what happened in the past by worrying about it, and you cannot ever know what is going to happen the next second by breaking a sweat over that. Yes, you can learn from what has already transpired, you can maybe even make amends for your errors but worrying or fretting will only waste your time and worse, make you negative.
Therefore, the only thing that will keep our mind steady is to be in the moment and take things as they come, while understanding the consequences of the decisions we make while in the moment. We are being mindful.
With that in mind, I’ve got a few quotes about the ideas and concepts that ‘living in the present’ encompasses. Please, enjoy the now!
“Just for today, I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problem at once.
Just for today I will be happy.”
— Kenneth L. Holmes
Let’s all try to live in the now just for today, and see how it goes.
“The future is not yet ours; perhaps it never will be. It is exposing ourselves to temptation to wish to anticipate God, and to prepare ourselves for things which he may not destine for us. Let us give heed to the present, whose duties are pressing; it is fidelity to the present which prepares us for fidelity in the future.”
— Francois Fenelon
I find this to be put very articulately and aptly.
“Yesterday is but a Dream,
And Tomorrow is only a Vision:
But Today well-lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.”
— Translated from Sanskrit
Live today well. Look forward to living tomorrow well.
“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in. Tomorrow is a new day. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with it’s hopes and invitations,to waste a moment on yesterdays.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Learn and move on.
“We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”
— Dale Carnegie
Live a little. Don’t procrastinate on that shit.
“Only that day dawns to which we are awake.”
This one’s deep.
“Happiness is here and now.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh, 1926
If you want to be happy, be happy now. Happiness isn’t a place to get to, its a way of travelling.
“Ordinary people merely think how they shall spend their time; a man of talent tries to use it.”
— Arthur Schopenhauer
Use thy time.
“Time is not a line, but a series of now points.”
— Taisen Deshimaru
Make all the use of the now, so you won’t have to complain on its scarcity later.
Aaaaand that’s all I have for this week’s Awesome Quotes! I hope you guys enjoyed.
I’ll see you next time, when I’ll be back with some more Awesome Quotes.