Now is all we have


 “It seems that if I want to be psychologically healthy, I need to ape the faithful. And it turns out I am already on the right track. I have recently, like many others, become interested in subjects such as yoga and mindfulness – a secular type of meditation.

Such fields were once considered flaky, but now that their health benefits are proven, not least in the way they strengthen prefrontal lobes in the brain, it would be foolish to dismiss them.

We’ve granted quasi-religious status to wellbeing pursuits  such as mindfulness. It’s like soft Buddhism and it’s no bad thing, We are so busy, so wound up, so the recognition that we are not machines and need to find therapeutic ways to deal with our stress is very welcome, however it comes about.”                                                                                 Sunday Times 

What strikes me about this quote is how generally confused it sounds – a jumble of thoughts and comments with only the first part of the last sentence something we can all relate to.

And yet mindfulness is really very simple, though it may not always be easy. What happens in our brain, relating mindfulness to religious beliefs or secular methods, and needing to copy others, are all unnecessary for living in the now. All you have to do is be here now. And even that has little to do with doing and everything to do with being. Use your senses to bring you into this moment. Or use conscious breathing. Allow the chatter in your mind to be replaced by stillness. Rest there. You are the awareness. No research or definition is necessary. Resting in that stillness you experience mindfulness and you are living in the now. (Chapt 1: Awareness)

Be kind and gentle to yourself.  


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About Jill M Jacques

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have spent most of my life here doing the usual things - marrying, having children and caring for an array of pets ranging from dogs to silkworms and chameleons. I first became interested in philosphy and its practical application in everyday life in my early 20s and spent many years as part of a group that pursued this goal. Drawing on this experience, I have been running "How to live in the Now" programmes for over 10 years. I wrote this book in response to requests from group members for something "simple and practical". I tend to see the funny side of life situations and enjoy writing humorous back pages as well as short stories and some poetry. Some of these have been published. Being here now is what really matters.
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