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"Live fully Now" - but what does that mean?

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Here's an interesting video of some Alan Watts philosphy. It offers a very powerful essay in living in the now; about how we're so often programmed in society to look to goals and aspirations ahead of us; so much so, we don't actually live in the moment, and what's worse, we don't fully engage with the moment. But I ask: why is it that so many people actually do strive for some future aspiration? Is it all negative, or is there something positive about it too?

Let's look at that. Here's the video that so accurately expresses the mainstream view about 'living in the moment'...

So what do you think?

Firstly let me say I totally agree with being completely and utterly in the moment - with absolute commitment to it. For only then, will it be successful and fulfilling. But maybe there's more to this moment than initially meets the eye?

In my world, we have the power of vision because we can actually create the future through us. Since there is only one moment of now, then in that landscape, there must be parts of the past we've just left 'behind us', as well as parts landing from the future 'jigsaw'. If I can feel and intuit that flow of energy as it leads into the future, then I'm going to amplify that energy and..... actually bring it into being.

and I would put it to you my friends, that's actually why we're in a physical world in the first place - at least partially, to enjoy the creative process in a physical way. In other words, to bring the divine into being.

So then, maybe there's a balance to be struck?
Yes I agree, if you're trying to envision and manifest the future you would want - what the separated ego wants - then as it says in the video, the strong possibility is you might miss what actually happens, and not enjoy the life you're living right now.

But being in the flow however - the divine flow - is something entirely different. If you're continually confronting the distorted desires of the ego and letting them go, then you create space for true beingness to arise through you; one aspect of which, is actually being able to read the flow of events. If you can do this, then you can bring your creative expression to bear within the flow; in which case, you manifest all manner of wonderful co-creations.

However, if you keep dissolving those sparks of inspiration because you're somehow efforting to be in the moment - switching all thought off for example - then it's likely to lead to a very suppressed and unfulfilled life.

So yes, let's be in the moment, but let's make sure we're in the fullness of the moment: let's make sure we're amplifying beingness around what feels right and aligned as we bring into reality the divine that wants to flow through us.

Let's create the future, now in this moment, by taking a full and active part in it. But without attachment to it!

Happy flowing.

Open Smile

PS: Here's a related article that goes deeper into the fullness of the Moment...The Consciousness Landscape

Comments

Trinity's picture

Well said.

StarHawk's picture

I agree with what Open writes. Especially about balance. Things are rarely "cut & dried", & it's easy to go to extremes, even on the spiritual path, & miss out on the fullness of life, with it's contradictions, tensions & paradoxes.

Blessings,

StarHawk

susiemcampbell@cox.net's picture

Yes, I totally agree. There seems to be a rigidity, especially within spiritual circles to do everything the 'right way'. This feels to me as unhealthy as living our lives with complete unawareness of our connectivity to everything around us.
There is no right or wrong way in my book. For me, it usually boils down to what makes me feel happy and contented and I don't just mean one of Trinitys wonderful recipes Smile
There is a real danger of overthinking everything and being bogged down by what you think is right and not actually feeling what is right for you. My motto now is to keep things simple and as close to nature as possible. In this space I am who I really am, not influenced by others opinions, following blindly.
We all need guidance and comfort at points in our lives but it's very easy for me anyhow, to tip the balance to a not so good level where I'm striving instead of feeling and rolling with it.
I think this was so well put Open. We all need reminding of this and that there isn't some perfect way that's cut in stone x

Martin T's picture

Yes! In my life right now, this is a very central topic. It feels like learning to ride a bike for the first time again. It's a lot of trial and error but evolving and interesting because I am much more an observer of my behaviour than I used to be. And just as when learning to ride a bike, I find myself doing longer and longer distances in the flow. I love it, and even with some falling every now and then it's totally okay (-:

Open's picture

I love this video - Alan Watts has always had some great things to say.

Open Ok

Horse's picture

Loved the video and all that is aid here. Open you said;(If you keep dissolving those sparks of inspiration because you're somehow efforting to be in the moment - switching all thought off for example - then it's likely to lead to a very suppressed and unfulfilled life.
So yes, let's be in the moment, but let's make sure we're in the fullness of the moment: let's make sure we're amplifying beingness around what feels right and aligned as we bring into reality the divine that wants to flow through us.
Let's create the future, now in this moment, by taking a full and active part in it. But without attachment to it!)
Without Attachment, love it.

Namaste
Charlie Yes 3