Fully Here and Now

I saw this today on a yogi friends facebook page (check out 229 Yoga if you can!). Penny was my first yoga teacher, i think it was about three years ago now! She was always so graceful, warm, loving. The subtle intricacies involved in different asanas i still use today because of her – when to push through the ball of your foot, cup the arch of your foot, when to square your hips, soften the face, how to NOT get chataranga arm :-))…the list goes on and i digress….

This is something that keeps coming to me at this point in my life, the act of “being present”. I always read, hear, see things we’re supposed to be doing and question what it actually really feels to DO/BE them. How do you really “be present”? We all talk about it, know about it, but do we really do it? This was just perfect for me this morning, simple and fun, something we can all pay attention to. Read below from Ram Dass:

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Ask yourself: Where am I? 
Answer: Here. 
Ask yourself: What time is it? 
Answer: Now. 
Say it until you can hear it. 

Set alarm clocks or design your day or put up notes on the wall so that a number of times during the day when you are in the midst of various occupations you confront yourself with the questions:
(a) Where Am I? and then answer (see answer below) 
(b) What time is it? and then answer (see answer below)

Each time you do this, try to feel the immediacy of the Here and Now. Begin to notice that wherever you go or whatever time it is by the clock . . . it is ALWAYS HERE AND NOW. In fact you will begin to see that you can’t get away from the HERE and NOW. Let the clock and the earth do their ‘thing’ . . . let the comings and goings of life continue . . . But YOU stay HERE and NOW. This is an exercise to bring you to the ETERNAL PRESENT . . . where it all is.

For specific periods of time focus your thoughts in the present.


Reflect on the thought that if you are truly Here and Now
(a) it is ENOUGH, and
(b) you will have optimum power and understanding to do the best thing at the given moment. Thus when ‘then’ (the future) becomes Now — if you have learned this discipline — you will then be in an ideal position to do the best thing. So you need not spend your time now worrying about then.

Reflect on the fact that you can plan the future in the Here and Now as long as when then is Now . . . you are fully Here and Now. Seem paradoxical? Of course! Keep reflecting!

Answers:    (a) HERE     (b) NOW

Excerpt from Be Here Now by Ram Dass – now available as an iBook. 

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