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Present Minded

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“Living in the moment can become a moralistic principle, a burden rather than a way to intensify life.  The difference might depend on who takes the lead in the dance and who chooses the music.  The soul is a community of many interior persons, many of them capable leaders.  The ego is only one among them and probably should not always run the show.  A good dancer or musician allows the music to take over, becomes absorbed in the complex harmonies and tempos, and is the servant of the materials at hand.  The secret of a soul-based life is to allow someone or something other than the usual self to be in charge.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

The Art of Being

The art of being is the assumption that you may possess this very minute, those qualities of spirit and attitudes of mind that make for radiant living.

It is a philosophy of being today, instead of becoming in a tomorrow that never comes.

It is recognizing that courage, joy, serenity, faith, hope and love are immediately available now, and proceeding to open yourself so these qualities can be expressed through you in everyday living.

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“Nothing makes me feel better – calmer, clearer and happier – than being in one place, absorbed in a book, a conversation, a piece of music.  It’s actually something deeper than mere happiness: it’s joy, which the monk David Steindl-Rast describes as ‘that kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.'” ~ Pico Iyer

“Practice this. Every action you take today, no matter how little … give it weight. Put some space around it. Start it intentionally, with the intention to be mindful, to inhabit that action fully, to notice with all your senses the entire moment. When the action is done, don’t just rush to the next one, but take half a second to appreciate what you just experienced. Then move to the next with equal weight and space. If you don’t start treating this next action like it’s just as important as what’s coming later, you might never.” ~ Leo Babauta

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