THIS Moment (a reminder)

Look neither forward (in fear despair dread anticipation)

Nor backward

(with regret nostalgia pain longing)

But downward

At the laces of the boots you are at this moment un-tying.

Janet

p.s. thoughts upon returning from a lovely walk in the woods -- where being "in the moment" is really the only way to be!

'Quote of the Day' with this post:  “There is only one courage, and that is the courage to go on dying to the past. Not to collect it, not to accumulate it, not to cling to it. We all cling to the past, and because we cling to it we become unavailable to the present.” – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

A few others, just 'cos I feel like it:

Zen Poem:

A man travelling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself over the edge.

The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other.

How sweet it tasted.

Thich Nhat Hahn writes: “The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.”

“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.” – Marianne Williamson in A Return to Love

“I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us.” – Dorothy Dix

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” – Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

“Who breaks the thread, the one who pulls, the one who holds on?” – James Richardson, poet, professor (b. 1950)

“If your house is on fire, the most urgent thing to do is to go back and try to put out the fire, not to run after the person you believe to be the arsonist.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with the truth.” – Thich Nhat Hanh