Being Present

Not blogging much lately. Don’t seem to have much to say.

Or, even when I write stuff (I’m always writing stuff), a lot of it seems pretty irrelevant.

Even to me.


Sitting on the train right now. Heading into the Big City from the ‘burbs.

Just sat there, looking out the bus window all the way down to the train.

Saw the sun come up.


Nice. Very very nice. :)


The thought in my mind was that what I want to do from here on in is mostly just … be present.


A keen observer of what is taking place.


Participate too, mind you. Be helpful. Throw in an oar when needed.


Hospice mode. Calm.

Breathe in, breathe out.


Full participant in (& witness to) exactly what is actually going down.




‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton [lots more great quotations about truth here]

Bonus quotes:

“This may be the last gasp of life on Earth, and what a great last gasp, if we realize we have fallen in love with each other. If you are really in the moment of experiencing our reality, you don’t say “Oh I won’t experience this because it’s not going to last forever!” You’ve got this moment. It’s true for now. We can have a reasoned concern about what is down the track, without necessarily getting hooked on something having to endure.” ~ Joanna Macy

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” – Helen Keller 

“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

“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

** quotes about courage here

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.


p.s. NTE (near-term extinction) section on this blog here

NTE posts listed/linked here

NTE Resources here

Graphics here

Quotations here