Is living in the Now being shallow?

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Is living in the Now being shallow?

Postby magicbutterfly » Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:48 am

What do you think of people who happily work hard and play hard but just don't seem to think hard? They don't seem to be very intellectual, but more aware of the senses. They relish life but are not interested in analyzing or philosophizing. Does that make them shallow or more awakened?
"As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease." Ekhart Tolle, The Power of Now
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Re: Is living in the Now being shallow?

Postby AlohaFriends » Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:24 pm

It all depends on what you choose to think to make youself feel comfortable or not. The word “shallow” goes with most adjectives such as good/ bad, beautiful/ ugly that are highly subjective. Children are“Shallow” and this very characteristic is what makes them the most loved and protected by anybody.

Being “shallow” is closer to the beauty of being “simple, easy,natural or peaceful”.
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Re: Is living in the Now being shallow?

Postby magicbutterfly » Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:34 am

Exactly. Philosophy, political, economic and all other analysis involve the mind which is ego. Education is mostly about the mind and thinking. So, for example the uneducated shepherd or the fisherman, or a mother nursing her baby in a third world village who only take care of what is in front of them and don't worry too much about the past or the future (or perhaps only as far as the coming rain and tonight's dinner) - are they more enlightened than someone with a PhD in philosophy or religion who (like some of us) analyze the entire concept of enlightenment until the cows come home? We in the so called first world are so much in the mind.
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Re: Is living in the Now being shallow?

Postby coriolis » Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:59 pm

Being is to knowing as the territory is to the map.
Being is a given, everyone is in the territory.
The map is an optional, sometimes useful, often useless adjunct that becomes irrelevant once one has wandered the territory sufficiently and will disappear one day entirely when the organ in the human head that draws it stops functioning at a certain minimal level.

Many who dwell in the splendor of being never experience it for the want of "knowing it".

Others who apparently dwell in the splendor of being have dissolved into it and are it.
Therefore there is no need to "know it" for there is nothing separate to know.

Let me be the latter.
Look deeply inside yourself and try to find yourself.
The ensuing failure is the true finding
---- Wu Hsin
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