Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Being Present

Eckhart Tolle is only a recent guy to talk about being present. Check him out on Oprah. They really did a nice job of presenting material to people that may be new to this kind of stuff.

An earlier guy who talked about being present is Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. In his book, Yoga: The Science of the Soul, vol 1, he says, "The present is almost always a hell. You can prolong it only because of the hope that you have projected into the future. You can live today because of the tomorrow...You cannot think anything else than the past. Future is nothing but past projected again, and both are not. The present is, but you are never in the present...Your mind is a drug. It is against that which is...You can go on doing asanas,postures; that is not yoga. Yoga is an inward turning. It is a total about-turn. When you are not moving into the future, not moving toward the past, then you start moving within yourself--because your being is here and now, it is not in the future. You are present here and now, you can enter this reality. But the mind has to be here." And he goes on.

That whole section reminds me of a part of the Introduction to the Landmark Forum, the part where there's what you know and what you don't know and then there's the what you don't know you don't know, (click on the section called "see it in action" and then the first guy in the upper left box), which is where real yoga is happening. The being present now, entering a reality is like the part of the Introduction where you can create a possibility that impacts you NOW, not like a hope or a wish or a dream, but like something that's possible right now.

And Eckhart spoke about that on last night's webcast with Oprah - how any goal that you have, for it to be a good one, is basically something that's already present in your life because it's there, you've created it, and you're just bringing it forth. Allowing it to be manifest.

It's fun when it gets a bit woo-woo. Reminds me of my living in the ashram days. Otherwise I can go for ages without getting a bit woo-woo.


Anonymous said...

Oprah's 4 interviews with Jill Bolte Taylor were the first that Oprah did after Eckhart Tolle and they take everything Tolle talks about to another level. Oprah's copy of Jill's book, MY STROKE OF INSIGHT, was dog-eared and all marked up and kept reading from it the way she read from A New Earth and recommended it highly.

Oprah's recommendation was enough for me. I read My Stroke of Insight and I loved it too. This story is as inspiring as The Last Lecture or Tuesdays with Morrie - and even better, it has a Happy Ending!

I bought the book on Amazon because they have it for 40% off retail and they also had an amazing interview with Dr Taylor that I haven't seen anywhere else - Here is the Amazon link:

Anonymous said...

I read "My Stroke of Insight" in one sitting - I couldn't put it down. I laughed. I cried. It was a fantastic book (I heard it's a NYTimes Bestseller and I can see why!), but I also think it will be the start of a new, transformative Movement! No one wants to have a stroke as Jill Bolte Taylor did, but her experience can teach us all how to live better lives. Her speech was one of the most incredibly moving, stimulating, wonderful videos I've ever seen. Her Oprah Soul Series interviews were fascinating. They should make a movie of her life so everyone sees it. This is the Real Deal and gives me hope for humanity.