I remember the first time I encountered Ram Dass’ book Be Here Now. I actually found it at a garage sale when I was in college. I had never heard of it and had no idea it was famous. It was truly an AHA moment for me. All these years later, remembering those three words as mantra continues to inspire. BE HERE NOW. It might be considered cliche in some circles but given I remember the first time I heard it and it was long before it became so colloquial, I still like it and it brings me to mindfulness. It’s important for people to find their own way of coming to mindfulness.
The idea can be expressed in other ways as well…
The lesson that life constantly enforces is “Look underfoot.” You are always nearer to the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Don’t despise your own place and hour. Every place is the center of the world. – John Burroughs
I think these brief comments on spiritual surrender capture it too. Surrender has been very important part of my healing.
Spiritual surrender is not giving up, which is the way we usually understand the term. Surrender is entering the present moment, and what is right in front of you, fully and without resistance or attempts at control. In that sense, surrender is almost the exact opposite of giving up. In fact, it is a being given to! — Richard Rohr from In the Footsteps of Francis: Awakening to Creation
More posts on topic:
- The unfolding moment: or how many ways can we be here now?
- Be here now
- Fierce Grace: one of my favorite films ever (whole thing here)
- Right here, right now: Alan Watts and Chögyam Trungpa (and Fat Boy Slim!)