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I Just Wanna Be In This Moment, No One Can Take It From Me 
13th-Jun-2008 09:46 am
Tao of Rayne
During the Buddhist gathering on Vulture Peak, Siddhartha Gautama (Sakyamuni, the Buddha) asked his disciples: "How long is a person's life?"

"Seventy years," answered one disciple.

"Wrong," said the Buddha.

"Fifty years?" replied another disciple.


"Sixty," declared yet another disciple.


The disciples looked around at each other in confusion. Finally one spoke up. "How long is a person's life?"

Sakyamuni smiled. "Life is but a breath."

There is a saying that goes: "Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why we call it the Present." There's many variations of that same statement. I think one of my favorites would be: "Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have — so spend it wisely." (Do you think that might be because I work in the financial industry?)

Everywhere you hear the push to "live today as if it were your last," or the promise that "you only get today." No matter where you go or what you do, you are seemingly granted a whole day to do as you will with the hopeful wish that you do something amazing with it.

The problem is, today isn't even guaranteed. All you get is now. This moment. That's it. The breath you just took means the you have been given another few seconds of wonderful and amazing existence. When you think about it, you begin to realize exactly how short life really is.

So, enjoy the moment. Make choices that allow you to savor this hour, this minute, this second. Don't get mired in the worlds of the past or the future. Live in the world of now. Wherever you are or whatever you are doing, experience the beautiful things around you and within you at that very moment. It is that simple.

Look! You took another breath! Congratulations! You got another moment! Woo-hoo! Go you!
13th-Jun-2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
In my health class this week, the professor mentioned driving somewhere and not really remembering how you got there (something I do on a regular basis). Then she challenged everyone to "stay in the moment, if only for the ride home from class". It sounds like such a simple thing. In reality, it is very difficult, because the moment consists of so many wonderful things - birds flying, squirrels scurrying, the random flower blooming on the side of the road... It's hard not to be distracted by each of them, and next thing you know, you're home and can't remember getting there - only the wonderful things you saw on the way.

... Really, is ADD such a bad thing? LOL
13th-Jun-2008 05:34 pm (UTC) - How long is a life?
There's a little exchange in the Sandman series. Someone dies, and Death meets him and tells him: "You got what everyone gets: a lifetime."

That just popped into my head with the question posed. :)
13th-Jun-2008 11:36 pm (UTC) - Re: How long is a life?
You may exit my head the way you came in...
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