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There Is Only Now

Today’s Theme: Now & Within You

-The Lumineers
“You’re my sweetheart
Love we need it now”

-Rumi
“from within you, moving out”

-Michele
“There is only now.”



Two Kinds of Intelligence

There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired,
as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts
from books and from what the teacher says,
collecting information from the traditional sciences
as well as from the new sciences.

With such intelligence you rise in the world.
You get ranked ahead or behind others
in regard to your competence in retaining
information. You stroll with this intelligence
in and out of fields of knowledge, getting always more
marks on your preserving tablets.

There is another kind of tablet, one
already completed and preserved inside you.
A spring overflowing its springbox. A freshness
in the center of the chest. This other intelligence
does not turn yellow or stagnate. It’s fluid,
and it doesn’t move from outside to inside
through conduits of plumbing-learning.

This second knowing is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out.

~Rumi

 

 

There Is Only Now
by Michele Yoskovich

We have all heard the pithy phrases such as “live in the now” or “live in the moment” or “must be present to win”. We know it’s true, but it can be pretty difficult to practice. The good old days gone by can be pretty compelling objects of our attention. And likewise, our future plans and dreams can be even more attractive to try and live in. The thing is, none of it really truly exists. The past is gone. Show me 9:00 am when it’s actually now 12 noon. Can’t. It’s not there. Show me your life precisely six months from now. Where is it? What does it look like? You can envision it, sure, but it cannot actually be experienced yet.

But wait a minute. Does this mean we are not to relish in our cherished memories then? Are we not to plan for the future or have our dreams? Absolutely not! Love your old memories. Hold dear all of your wonderful plans for the future. I believe the key, however, is to hold both past and future delicately, gently and with an open palm. Just realize that the real jewel in the center of that lotus is the NOW.

Yet we often spend so much time unconsciously living where life is not. Think about it. If we’re always living for a better tomorrow, when will we ever enjoy our today – this very moment. It’ll be better once I get to leave work, or once I get that better-running car, or even once I’m enlightened. Once we get there, how come it never lasts? We feel empty once again and look to the false promise of another future something to better our lives. When the answer, the open secret, has been under our very nose all along.

Stop reading. Watch yourself inhale and exhale. Feel your body. It will show you life at its most tastiest, it’s most real. It holds the scrumptious taste of being alive right now. It holds the only piece of life you can experience – the RIGHT NOW! Think of a numbered line Negative numbers to the left are the past. Positive numbers to the right are the future. In the middle lies the ZERO, the beautiful emptiness of NOW. From emptiness comes form and then we return again to the now, the emptiness of the present.

Worry not, the future is coming and it’s going to be good. Live here. Live at zero. Don’t fear the paradox of nothingness – for it’s where everything arises from. Trust. Breathe. Life is now and only now. The future is but a now yet to be. So live in your future when it gets here. In the meantime, take up residence in the now before it becomes your past. A beautiful and fully appreciated now can only produce a happier future anyway. Happy presents equal happy futures. How could it be otherwise? Breathe in. Breathe out. Arising. Passing. Now and now…and now…

 

About Michele:
This wonderful post above is done by the fabulous Michele Yoskovich. She has wisdom. She is smart as a whip. She is beautiful, inside and out. She is also an advisor at Notre Dame de Namur University Graduate School of Business. She helps new and existing Graduate students navigate their way through the program and through life. She studied theatre and acting at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She also builds networks of Multi-Pure Independent Distributors nationwide. She says “My greatest joy is in helping folks with Dealer Set-up and training.”

She is the sweetest woman in the world! She loves nature. Lives in Northern California. And is happy together with her sweetie, Drew Di Genova.

Northern California:

Explore the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California – the unsurpassed scenery and sights of the area are truly an unforgettable experience for visitors and locals alike. Surround your senses with waterfront views, the beauty of Yosemite National Park, and exquisite food and wine selections – all in one location.

Find yourself amid the nature preserves, forests and rugged trails of California’s North Coast, and you’ll also discover artist enclaves, fine dining and music festivals. The giant tree you can drive through near Redwoods State Park is one of the area’s most famous landmarks, as are the wineries of Sonoma county.

6 Comments

  1. Very well done, Michele. Loved your take on this subject. Keep your amazing work and sharing your vibrant energy <3

    • Thank you Sarah. You both have a lot in common not least of which you are both awesome writers.

  2. Hi!

    Love it, Michele! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    “…Love your old memories. Hold dear all of your wonderful plans for the future. I believe the key, however, is to hold both past and future delicately, gently and with an open palm. Just realize that the real jewel in the center of that lotus is the NOW.”

    YES!

    Not easy, but we’ve got to try to live the now and one day at a time…

    “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Jesus of Nazareth

    “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. “ – Fr. Alfred D’Souza

    “… Que Sera Sera
    Whatever will be will be
    The future’s not ours to see
    Que Sera Sera
    What will be will be…”

    • Good one Julie! Just leave the future to itself. The Alfred D’Souza quote is amazing. Really makes us think differently about our lives.

  3. Love your imagery here Michele … “Show me 9:00 am when it’s actually now 12 noon. Can’t. It’s not there. Show me your life precisely six months from now. Where is it?” Haha, this made us smile and deepened our knowing that there is only Now! Sweet! Thanks for helping us better experience this “paradox of nothingness” ~

  4. Hey Will & Gemma! Love you guys! Thanks so much for sharing your kind and beautiful words. Glad I could help you understand that which you already know! 🙂 Yes, how sweet it is! Love and peace to you both as always!

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