Quotes About Being Present

Quotes tagged as "being-present" (showing 1-27 of 27)
Eckhart Tolle
“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

James Baldwin
“To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the breaking of bread.”
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

“Let the world kiss you, sister. Let the moment kiss the most raw and tender spot in your heart until you cannot help but surrender, open.”
Chameli Ardagh

Leo Babauta
“We’re so caught up in trying to do everything, experience all the essential things, not miss out on anything important...We can’t read all the good books, watch all the good films, go to all the best cities in the world, try all the best restaurants, meet all the great people...Life is better when we don’t try to do everything. Learn to enjoy the slice of life you experience, and life turns out to be wonderful.”
Leo Babauta

Bo Lozoff
“Like a child standing in a beautiful park with his eyes shut tight, there's no need to imagine trees, flowers, deer, birds, and sky; we merely need to open our eyes and realize what is already here, who we already are - as soon as we stop pretending we're small or unholy.”
Bo Lozoff

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“The greatest gift you can give (yourself or anyone else) is just being present”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

Edith Wharton
“Believe me, all of you, the best way to help the places we live in is to be glad we live there.”
Edith Wharton

Martina Boone
“It occurred to her that all the bad parts of life, the sad parts, the frightening ones, were meant to be offset by moments and memories like this. She had to be present in it, right here, right now.”
Martina Boone, Persuasion

Roberto Hogue
“Glorious sex that poets write about and that angels blow their trumpets over absolutely requires the participants to be fully engaged and fully witnessing the entire event!”
Roberto Hogue, Real Secrets of Sex: A Women's Guide on How to Be Good in Bed

E'yen A. Gardner
“When we know Love, fear has no value in our presence. There is no pressure to perform and mask our humanity. We can BE and when we BE. We can inspire others to BE.”
E'yen A. Gardner

Arthur P. Ciaramicoli
“We learn to become more empathic when we slow down, become present, and are fully committed to understanding another person’s uniqueness.”
Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience

Bryant McGill
“Almost all sadness comes from thinking about the past, and all worry from thinking about the future — present-mindedness is your only safe haven.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Tobe Hanson
“If you feel anxiety or depression, you are not in the present. You are either anxiously projecting the future or depressed and stuck in the past. The only thing you have any control over is the present moment; simple breathing exercises can make us calm and present instantly.”
Tobe Hanson, The Four Seasons Way of Life:: Ancient Wisdom for Healing and Personal Growth

Tobe Hanson
“I believe in not trying to control things that are out of my control or none of my business.”
Tobe Hanson, The Four Seasons Way of Life:: Ancient Wisdom for Healing and Personal Growth

Luke Rhinehart
“You're all murdering life...You're all trying to change yourselves, all trying to change what is, and thus you're never actually living what is. You're killing who you are every day of your lives by not being who you are...where you are.”
Luke Rhinehart

Tobe Hanson
“I believe there are only three businesses: my business, other people's business, and God's business.”
Tobe Hanson, The Four Seasons Way of Life:: Ancient Wisdom for Healing and Personal Growth

Shannon L. Alder
“If someone is not spiritually present during a time when you need their help, then how will their physical presence make a difference?”
Shannon L. Alder

Jennifer DeLucy
“It occurred to me to look up and around at the stars in the clear sky, at the trees in the dark, at the half moon. I was missing them because I was caught in my head. I wasn't living right now. I was thinking to the future, to the past. I wasn't present. This is one of my greatest weaknesses, and one I have a greater realization of, only because I allowed some of my past to die so that my present could rush in to fill it.”
Jennifer DeLucy

“most people are either sleep walking through their waking life or wake walking through their sleeping life. either way they're not getting much out of it.”
waking life

Lionel Fisher
“In the 1991 movie, City Slickers, Jack Palance gives Billy Crystal some profoundly simple advice. When Crystal asks him the secret of life, Palance holds up a forefinger, answers with a single word: "One."

Choose one thing. Do it to the best of your ability. Let it go. Pick something else.

Repeat endlessly.

How sad that so much of our lives is spent looking back over our shoulders or gazing far ahead instead of wringing full benefit from the only thing we truly own: Now. This moment. None other.

There is no other.

How tragic, therefore, not to fulfill its unique promise before it passes from us forever.

How much of our regret comes from wasting so many of our moments wanting something better, something different, something other than what we have at the moment we have it.”
Lionel Fisher, Celebrating Time Alone: Stories Of Splendid Solitude

Tobe Hanson
“Almost all accidents and injuries happen when an individual is not being present and not paying attention to what they are doing.”
Tobe Hanson, The Four Seasons Way of Life: Ancient Wisdom for Healing and Personal Growth

Janice  Anderson
“Embracing each instant creates enthusiasm and joy towards your life. Each moment is new, exciting, and fresh when you accept instead of judge and deny. Your whole life is transformed into celebrated moments.”
Janice Anderson

Thomas  Moore
“In the fifteenth century, Marsilio Ficino put it as simply as possible. The mind, he said, tends to go off on its own so that it seems to have no relevance to the physical world. At the same time, the materialistic life can be so absorbing that we get caught in it and forget about spirituality. What we need, he said, is soul, in the middle, holding together mind and body, ideas and life, spirituality and the world.”
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life

Tobe Hanson
“I believe I will not not die a minute too early or a minute too late, but exactly when I am supposed to.”
Tobe Hanson, The Four Seasons Way of Life:: Ancient Wisdom for Healing and Personal Growth

Autumn Doughton
“So let me get this straight," he says. "Death is the only destination and nothing else is real because it's not perfect or final?"
I roll my eyes. "Okay, Nietzsche. That's not exactly what I said."
"I just think people are always doing that."
"Doing what?"
"They're always asking themselves, 'Where am I going?' but they're never looking around and asking, 'Where am I?' Everything's about what's going to be next instead of noticing what's happening right now. But the now is the only thing that's actually real.”
Autumn Doughton, Chasing Polaris

“If you want to heal or experience more happiness in life, learn to move out of the head and be in your heart more.

You will know you are "in your head" when you analyze, control and overthink.
When you have run on thoughts, worry, and talk without listening.

When you take all the workshops and read all the books, but aren't experiencing it's message in your life, in your heart.”
Eileen Anglin

L.M. Browning
“The pace of this modern age is not conducive to maintaining one’s consciousness. Glued to our electronics, we are blind and deaf to the world around us. Run down by our long work days, we are too exhausted to think and too hurried to feel. The day ends in a haze of strained thoughts, numbness, and fatigue. And we rise the next morning only to start the cycle again.
In this age of distraction, if you desire to fritter away your life with empty diversions, there is an abundance of gadgets available to aid you. Quietness is a characteristic of ages gone by. Our generation is the one it died with. Connected to the virtual world, we ignore the presence of those in our home. One can only hope we will awaken to the need for balance before we look up from the screen to find our loved ones have gone, and our life has passed us by.”
L.M. Browning

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