Plane Tree in the Park

Living in the Now is simple but not easy! Yet there is all around us beauty that brings us naturally into the now, silencing the mind even for a couple of minutes. Treasure these times and go into the silence and the peace. Experience consciousness, which is your true Self.

It is spring in South Africa and in Johannesburg trees and shrubs are bursting into leaf – such abundant life. Walking under Plane trees in the park, I was reminded of who I truly am.


Roots sunk deep in fertile earth

Summer tree stands strong.

Branches divide and multiply,

Invisible under leaf-cloud.

Leaf after leaf after leaf

Droops down open-palmed,

A gathering of such profusion

As to silence speech.

Breathing out, air dances through,

Spangling leaves with sunlight;

While I, sheltering in ink-blot shade,

All inner chatter stilled,

Rest in the eternal moment.

                             Jill Jacques

Remember to be kind and gentle with yourself.

(Living in the Now, less stress, more happiness by Jill Jacques, available as a download on Amazon)


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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