Posted by Ben Naga
Don’t brood on the past
Don’t repent, resent or pine
No now without then
Posted on June 9, 2016, in Senryu and tagged Life, Mindfulness, Peace, Wisdom. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.
Exactly. No ‘now’ without ‘then.’ This is hard for some people, but living in the past robs one of the vitality of the present moment.
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Yes. Letting go can be a long hard struggle and one which some folk never manage to complete.
Absolutely, It’s one of my life mottos – Learn from the past but live in the present.
I am the product of my past.
Yes. As is your situation.
Succinct and powerful truth. Thanks for the reminder, Ben.
Always worth remembering. Especially when I’ve temporarily forgotten. 🙂 Strangely enough after writing and posting this on the 9th, I found this, posted the following day:
May i say “Amazing”? 😀
Ben, I somehow missed this reply of yours. Thanks for the link – synchronicity at work again. And adding to that I’ve had similar thoughts going through my head lately – along the lines of the Mary Oliver poem.
In now then is, of course.
Overwhelmed, staggered, aghast
Awaiting a pause
Time enough to flip the switch
Grind to a stop and take stock
once gone, gone.
it shapes us,
it has done its job..
but present is where we are ..
no point flowing backwards
in pining thoughts!
Present and correct
This warrior monk at drill
Attention … At ease
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