Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Transformative Moment

Like Groundhog Day, only in much shorter intervals, my transformative moment keeps happening over and over and over again.

It happens each time I wake up enough to remember that there is no moment, transformative or otherwise, except for this very moment, except for this very NOW.

All “past” moments can exist at only one time: NOW.

All "future" moments can exist at only one time: NOW.

The Eternal NOW sounds more paradoxical than it is. And as Suzuki Roshi observed, "If it isn't paradoxical, it isn't true."

It is freeing to know that there is only NOW.


Thank you Steven over at Golden Fish for thinking of this meme.

26 comments:

Linda said...

I came to your blog, because I found it on Steven's site and I was interested to read other people's memes. When I arrived here, two things. First, I love your header picture! It's so welcoming and soft. I also love the softness of the blue background colour you have chosen. Next your other blog list has Bagman and Butler..... one of my favourites because Mark is so very funny. I've stayed for a very long moment here. I am using your philosophy to help me get through the rest of my horrid summer, one moment at a time, breathe. Brilliant!

willow said...

That's funny, Dan, I used "Groundhog Day" in my post, as well, only in a negative way.

This is my first visit to you blog, although, I think I've seen you around the bloggyhood.

Barry said...

Very true. And, if Jill Bolte Taylor is correct, very right brained. I need to spend a little more time there.

Thanks.

NanU said...

Nice to meet you, Dan; it's a very interesting blog you've got going here.
There's much good to be said of being mindful of the NOW. But if there's _only_ NOW, don't you get to feeling rather disconnected?

steven said...

i love that dan "if it isn't paradoxical it isn't true". i'd love to have fired that off to my dad!!!! thanks for this grounding place in the meme!!! steven

Sid Smith said...

What a great way to engage with the day. I love getting up in the morning and entering into it. Almost like a cold shower of past and possibility all flowing into one - as you say - NOW!

Thanks!

Eryl Shields said...

I've never been here before but you are now in my list of must visit every day for the rest of my life. Thank you for this post, I am going to write it out in my journal, hope you don't mind.

Delwyn said...

Hello Dan

Knowing now is the only moment is very powerful and centering...and remembering that each day can add to the ongoing transformation...or our evolution in this lifetime...

Thanks Dan

Kathryn Magendie said...

Perfect! Inspiring! thank you ...

Dan Gurney said...

Linda, I'm glad you liked the photo. My wife took it. It's of local hiking trail we enjoy. Mark can really make you laugh. Thanks for stopping by.

Dan Gurney said...

Willow, thanks for stopping by. Yes, we seem to be in the same bloggyhood.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Barry— If you think about it, you've never been anywhere but in the NOW.

The past does not exist. It must be recreated in the present moment by remembering stuff. The future does not exist either. We can only imagine it by actively (and often fearfully) thinking about things that are not really here and do not actually exist.

If you choose to spend a lot of your NOWs thinking about your "future" or remembering your "past," you'll probably have less fun in the long run than if you decide to experience your NOWs in the present moment.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, NanU--

I feel disconnected when I'm imagining "futures" and/or remembering "pasts."

Dan Gurney said...

Steven, thank you! You deserve credit for this unusally rich bloggy day.

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Dan Gurney said...

Sid, Eryl, Delwyn, and Kathryn-- thanks all, for stopping by and leaving a comment. You all clearly seem to know what I was trying to get across.

Kulpreet said...

May we all be safe, happy, healthy, and at ease.
I like what you blog post header says.

'Now' is the world. 'Now' can make us plan for the future 'now(s)'. Take care!

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Your post says it all. Now is what is, and the now is eternal in the best sense of the word. An important reminder to not forget the present moment when reaching back into the past for memories of transformation. Thank you.

Titus said...

Something I really need to learn, Dan. Thank you for so eloquent a reminder.

Dan Gurney said...

Kulpreet, yes, that's true. We can choose to direct our attention away from the present NOW in order to think about a future which may (or very well may not!) occur. In some situations, doing so makes good sense. But I have a tendency to overdo it. Same goes for the past.

Dan Gurney said...

Bonnie, thank you for leaving a comment. You get it.

Dan Gurney said...

Tutus, you're welcome, and thank you for leaving a comment at Mindful Heart.

Alden Smith said...

If there is only the eternal now, then it is even more important that we seize the the day (Carpe Diem) and not waste a singel millisecond of the moment.

Loon said...

New to blogs. So glad to have found yours. Expect we'll find a lot of intersections. It was an "accident"I stumbled on Steven's meme project two days too late to participate myself. Two days ago, I was sitting in a dharma class on Dogen. Talking about "put your whole mind into the practice of the Way. Remember that you are alive only today in this moment." Your picture is worth a thousand words--you said it all.

Dan Gurney said...

Alden, that's a good idea, but too tall an order for me. I hope to capture a few milliseconds here and there with discriminating awareness. Carpe momento?

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Loon— I love your blog and hope you'll post there more often.