Present Minded

“Become a little more aware, and try to bring your consciousness more and more to the facticity of existence.  See this flower; don’t think about that flower.  Listen to this word I am uttering, not to that word that I am going to utter.  Look right now.  If you postpone even for a single, split moment, you miss.  And then it becomes a habit, an ingrained habit.  Tomorrow also you will miss, and the day after tomorrow also, because you will remain the same.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“Each desire is born out of the past, and each desire is projected in the future.  The past and the future constitute your whole mind.  Analyze the mind, dissect it, and you will find only two things: the past and the future.  You will not find even an iota of the present, not even a single atom.  And the present is the only reality, the only existence, the only dance there is.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“This is my idea of being successful—be a nobody!  Just be ordinary, nobody, and life will be a tremendous joy to you.  Just be simple.  Don’t create complexities around yourself.  Don’t create demands.  Whatever comes on its own, receive it as a gift, and enjoy and delight in it.  And millions are the joys that are being showered on you, but because of your demanding mind, you cannot see them.  Your mind is in such a hurry to be successful, to be somebody special, that you miss all the glory that is just available.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

“In the ultimate analysis of life, name and fame are just irrelevant.  All that matters in the final reckoning is how you lived each moment of your life.  Was it a joy, was it a celebration?  In small things, were you happy?  Taking a bath, sipping tea, cleaning the floor, roaming around the garden, planting trees, talking to a friend, or sitting silently with your beloved, or looking at the moon, or just listening to the birds—were you happy in all these moments?  Was each moment a transformed moment of luminous happiness, was it radiant with joy?  That’s what matters.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition

Don’t Miss the Flower – A Short Zen Story from Thich Nhat Hanh

One day the Buddha held up a flower in front of an audience of 1,250 monks and nuns.  He did not say anything for quite a long time.  The audience was perfectly silent.  Everyone seemed to be thinking hard, trying to see the meaning behind the Buddha’s gesture.

Then, suddenly, the Buddha smiled.  He smiled because someone in the audience smiled at him and at the flower.  The name of that monk was Mahakashyapa.  He was the only person who smiled, and the Buddha smiled back and said, “I have a treasure of insight, and I have transmitted it to Mahakashyapa.”

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