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Paradox in practicing the Power of Now

Posted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:15 pm
by heidi
I find that practicing the Power of Now is often filled with the humor of divine paradox. Here, I'm inviting members to share paradox in the now.

An example:
People will often talk about how meditation, or spending time out in nature or in a special place helps them to be more present, more in the now. But isn't it funny that we have to "make time" for presence?

Posted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:17 pm
by heidi
The fact that the suffering is what we often need to be conscious of in order to attain consciousness :D

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 7:36 am
by now
it is one of the limiting factors...absolutely. trying to attain, practice, become better at, they all seem like limiting the true essence from arising on its own. when there is an I, the self, we are so trapped and unaware of what life is. we begin to justify, analyse, project, and judge in a way that only propagates the centuries of unconsciousness, of ego. being in the now, letting this be, listening to this, just this

Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 4:36 am
by arnie
I don't know how many times I said I am going home to meditate so I can get focused. What i am really saying is that I do not like the state that I am in now and want to go to the future to achieve a more desired state. That is the trap. I am going home to be in the now because this now is an uncomfortable now but when i get home i will sit on my comfortable couch and pleasantly move into the now. It is not about being comfortable which i believe most of us want. It is about surrendering to this moment no matter what this moment brings. To me that is the key to the teachings. If we are always chasing after enlightenment we are really chasing after a future pleasant state. What we really want is an enlightened ego that is comfortable. The little me is very uncomfortable in the now and will trick us any way it can. I remember Eckhart saying over and over again not to try to achieve any state but to just be here with what is happening now. If you want to drill a well you have to stay put.

Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 1:52 pm
by heidi
Yep, Arnie, you hit the nail right on the head. Just the act of making plans to meditate is a non-present state. But then again, we know we need to go to bed and go to sleep for our health, and making time for exercise - which meditation is, too, is a healthful practice. IMO.

I put on my exercising clothes every morning knowing that I'm more likely to take the time for my body if I do. I don't see that as non-acceptance of Now, but positive action. And when I'm out in nature running, I do connect so much with the natural world I find myself often in a state of nowness.

Yes indeed, taking time to be in the now is indeed a paradox!

resolution

Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 3:53 pm
by heidi
Ha ha, for the new year I'm resolving to be more present, ha ha, to take more time to do art. :D

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 7:18 pm
by heidi
Emptiness is Fulfillment :lol:

Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:56 pm
by Guest
Being the observer while being one with all. :? :wink:

Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 6:34 am
by barbarasher
Working so hard to "be" something, when you are already being.

Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 11:29 pm
by Guest
surrender leads to power

Heidi who forgets to log in :)

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:45 am
by a_friend
here's the dangerous paradox for me. I LOVE to read about spiritual development, presence, meditataion, etc. I think it excites my ego. But this (reading) is completely antithetical to the message of presence. Even ET says something like "its not how many times you pick up this book, its how many times you put it down that counts". Of course, i know this and understand this, but my ego would much rather read about this stuff than to be truly threatened by it, ya know? Its far to easy for me to intellectualize about *it* and seemingly difficult to know it and live it. now i'm not even sure this is a paradox, but i'll throw it in there anyway ;)

a friend

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:52 pm
by heidi
It's like the ego jumps in to congratulate you on what a good job you're doing removing it - how enlightened you're getting - he he he :lol:

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 6:56 am
by Guest
A-friend

Yes, I agree, but I know that I am not ready to but the book down yet. So I keep reading and listening and it is getting absorbed and it is making changes.

I know that some days when I listen to music while I drive or just look at the trees that I pass, I am more alive then when listening to the enlightening CDs.

But many times, my busy mind needs the distraction in order to calm it.

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:39 am
by a_friend
exactly! i know exactly what you're saying. thank you :)

a friend

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:21 am
by Guest
Here's another paradox - when talking/describing presence/awakening to others I am really talking to my Self.