The Hub of Being (53) Being Present

Being Present

The present moment is the only time there is. No matter what time it is, it is always now. ~ American spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson

Existence is instantaneously emergent from the quantum level to the cosmic. Coherence incessantly weaves the fabric of spacetime and all within it – making probabilistic wave patterns appear concrete, thereby creating a quantum now.

It is the illusion of time that makes you talk of causality. When the past and the future are seen in the timeless now, as parts of a common pattern, the idea of cause-effect loses its validity and creative freedom takes its place. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

The mind turns personal experiences into sketches, referring to these later for skill reference or reassurance. But all one ever knows is the present moment. Constant bracing freshness may be hard to face but living in the past can be terribly traumatic.


We cannot change our past. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. ~ American Christian pastor Charles Swindoll

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) arises when a traumatic memory rudely echoes in the mind in a disabling way. Negative memories are often covered over in time. PTSD shows how the mind will not bury an ordeal that still feels unresolved. PTSD is an extreme example of the past barging in on the present, but well illustrates how memories can impose a terrible burden: of fear and loss.

Personality comes into being simply because of memory: identifying the present with the past and projecting it into the future. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj


Be absorbed in the present moment as a fully attendant witness. After all, now is all there is. All else is memory, whose pursuit is nothing more than chasing shadows.

Memories are films about ghosts. ~ American songwriter and musician Adam Duritz in the song “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby” (1999)

Being stuck in the past is a mental illness. ptsd is merely an extreme example. By contrast, mental health is characterized by spontaneity: acting within the moment.

The past is a construct of the mind. It blinds us and fools us into believing. ~ Mathias in the movie Total Recall (2012)

The benefit of memory is having relevant experience that affords skill and allows greater appreciation of what is. This does not require conscious reflection, as subconscious processing is all that is ever needed.

Man has genius only in proportion as he acts without reflection. ~ Georges Sorel

Experiences are effectively incorporated to effect right action via subconscious mentation: acting spontaneously with the subtle assist of intuition.

We need not destroy the past. It is gone. ~ American composer John Milton Cage Jr.

You cannot live in the past. Don’t let it live in you.

Concentrate totally on the now, be concerned only with your response to every movement in life as it happens. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj