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My First Blog ... the Very First


I've been blogging for about two years, and if you know me from the other site, you know that "presence" is more important in my life than any temporary life situation. As we say in the 12-Step world: Work the Program, not the problem. So, here's the text from my first blog.

An undergraduate professor of philosophy once asked his class: "What is the most important thing you have?" Answers ranged from health to family, a home, ... The answer he was looking for was "this moment". This moment is the only thing we really have. It is where life takes place. The past is a shadow, it has no substance. The future is a dream, a projection, a fantasy--everything but a reality.

The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle, (1999) may just as well have been called, Zen for Dummies. The concept is so simple--life takes place NOW, but it does need explanation for those of us who are/were used to doing things the "unconscious" way. Lamenting the past, and projecting imaginary futures, and letting life pass us by.

Tolle explains the process of *Being Present*, without doctrine, without ritual. No complications inspired by the mind or ego. Just the principle of *self* as the observer of the mind. Self as the Being. The self *in-joy(ing)* life.

Thank you Dr. Applebaum (SUNY New Paltz, 1996)for starting me on the path to a new, happy life!


My blog doesn't have a theme. I post everything from humor to philosophy to current events to whatever is occupying the space between my ears at any given moment. I must also add that so far, I love the look of greasy! I'll see in a moment when I post this if the code works in the old familiar way, but any changes there should be minor...

Have a nice day...

posted on Feb 6, 2008 9:54 AM ()

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Sounds like you got it made. Eddie is doing a better job with greasy than he did with blogster.
comment by docrock on Mar 27, 2008 5:48 PM ()
You know, the main problem I run into about living in "the now," is dealing with people who DON'T live that way and try to pass their neurosis onto you. I sometimes find that to be more stressful..
comment by hawkwoman on Feb 8, 2008 12:51 PM ()
hey there!
comment by kristilyn3 on Feb 8, 2008 9:39 AM ()
I'm so glad you are here! Another buddy! Deb(aka ladyspain)
comment by teacherwoman on Feb 7, 2008 9:56 AM ()
Hi John, it's lovely in here, starting over was the best thing 'I' did
comment by lynnie on Feb 6, 2008 3:41 PM ()
i really need to read that book. its very rarely that I live in the now, always in the past or future. can you really live in the now! I would love to be able to do that.
comment by elkhound on Feb 6, 2008 12:04 PM ()
Welcome aboard
comment by jtruant on Feb 6, 2008 11:27 AM ()
Hi,John
How are you doing there?glad to hear from you.
Things are sort of quiet with the old blogster.
Still having problems there.For me it is the reply button
All that it does flashing here and there.
I go back and fourth to check how things are going there.
Will be glad once you get in the swing of things.
Take care,Fredo
comment by fredo on Feb 6, 2008 11:00 AM ()

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