Being Present Quotes

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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

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

Amor Towles
“Anyone can buy a car or a night on the town. Most of us shell our days like peanuts. One in a thousand can look at the world with amazement. I don't mean gawking at the Chrysler Building. I'm talking about the wing of a dragonfly. The tale of the shoeshine. Walking through an unsullied hour with an unsullied heart.”
Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

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

Matt Haig
“Places don't matter to people any more. Places aren't the point. People are only ever half present where they are these days. They always have at least one foot in the great digital nowhere.”
Matt Haig, How to Stop Time

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

Henry David Thoreau
“Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present. He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walking

Matt Haig
“You have the power to stop time. You do it by kissing. Or listening to music.”
Matt Haig, The Humans

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

Blaise Pascal
“We never keep to the present. We recall the past; we anticipate the future as if were found it too slow in coming and were trying to hurry it up, or we recall the past as if to stay it's too rapid flight. We are so unwise that we wander about in times that do not belong to us, and do not think of the only one that does; so vain that we dream of times that are not and blindly flee the only one that is. The fact is the present usually hurts. We thrust it out of sight because it distresses us, and if we find it enjoyable, we are sorry to see it slip away. We try to give it the support of the future, and think how we are going to arrange things over which we have no control for a time we can never be sure of reaching. (Page 9)”
Blaise Pascal, Human Happiness

Mala Naidoo
“Empathy healed the moment. Words were not necessary when compassion created understanding in grief.”
Mala Naidoo, What Change May Come

John O'Donohue
“Sometimes our spiritual programs take us far away from our inner belonging. We become addicted to the methods and programs of psychology and religion. We become so desperate to learn how to be, that our lives pass, and we neglect the practice of being.”
John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

“It is only when you learn to be present and available with non-judgment and
compassionately hold space for the wounded and broken fragments of yourself,
that you are able to truly hold space for another.”
Markus William Kasunich

Thich Nhat Hanh
“Our appointment with life is in the present moment. If we do not have peace and joy right now when will we have peace and joy--tomorrow, or after tomorrow? What is presenting us from being happy right now?”
Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Blaise Pascal
“We almost never think of the present, and if we do think of it, it is only to see what light it throws on our plans for the future. The present is never our end. The past and present are our means, the future alone our end. Thus we never actually live, but hope to live, and since we are always planning how to be happy, it is inevitable that we should never be so. (Page 10)”
Blaise Pascal, Human Happiness

Eric Overby
“The only way we will love our neighbor as ourselves is by getting to know our neighbors, even in the midst of our differences.”
Eric Overby

“In order to truly experience the beauty and richness of the moments of our life, we need to be fully present in them. And, in this presence, there is an even deeper beauty and joy to be found. We find the gifts of peace, truth and spirit.”
Valerie Rickel

Blaise Pascal
“If our condition were truly happy we should not need to divert ourselves from thinking about it. (12)”
Blaise Pascal, Human Happiness

“Meditation is the only thing that ever surprised me in my life.”
Robert Black

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“Sometimes you get so jazzed on the moment you can actually hear the universe sing, as you swing from life’s high notes and hit the low notes equally, improvising artistically without missing a beat or hanging on like a leech, leaving each passing moment to zone in on the texture of the next melodic tones life continually brings‬.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones

Erin Morgenstern
“There is nothing now save for this room and this woman and this story. He can feel the way the story spreads out from this point, through space and through time and so much further than he ever imagined but this is the beating, buzzing heart of it. Right here and right now.

He's calm again. Relieved to have his Max back and even though he knows they both have other people they belong with there is still this room and this dance and this moment and it matters, maybe more than any of the others.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea

Raynor Winn
“Life is now, this minute, it’s all we have. It’s all we need.
Pg 121”
Raynor Winn, The Salt Path

Seamus Heaney
“Bear with the present; what will be will be.
The future is cloth waiting to be cut.”
Seamus Heaney, The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles' Antigone

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“Sometimes we can’t be present to the possibilities of our future until we navigate a peaceful path through the aftermath of our past.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones

David Taylor-Klaus
“Being listened to feels so much like being loved that people can scarcely tell the difference.”
David Taylor-Klaus

“While there is something genuinely sweet about capturing special life moments and sharing them with friends and family on social media, there is a balance. It’s fun to share and be social, but not to the detriment of sacrificing our own personal experience of the extraordinary moments of our lives.

The bliss and ecstasy of truly experiencing a moment—of experiencing God in a moment—will stay with us for a lifetime. The brief, fleeting elation of being more concerned with capturing the moment with our camera or video, so that we can post it to social media will probably stay with us for a day, maybe two. It isn’t possible to experience the moments of life and receive their many precious gifts, if we are only “partially present” in them.

Once every glorious moment of our lives is gone, it’s gone forever. We can’t hit the “undo” or “back” button and try to relive them again. We may get to re-experience “the recorded moment” on social media, but that version will never hold the same beauty, truth and gifts—God, spirit—as the actual one—the ecstatic, blissful moment that just passed us by.”
Valerie Rickel

Meg Wolitzer
“It was like some kind of full-mind, full-body fuck. That was what it was like when your entire self was engaged. That was what it was like to pay attention.”
Meg Wolitzer, The Female Persuasion

A.D. Aliwat
“There’s no multitasking with the moment.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Matt Haig
“I sometimes want to stop time. I sometimes want, in a happy moment, for a church bell never to ring again. I want not to ever have to go to the market again. I want for the starlings to stop flying in the sky... But we are all at the mercy of time. We are all the strings, aren't we?”
Matt Haig, How to Stop Time

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