Posts Tagged ‘the present moment’

The First or Last Time

March 31, 2010

Yesterday was such a beautiful spring day that I changed my plans and went for a twenty-minute walk in Uptown Minneapolis. As I was soaking in the experience, it occurred to me that some day I would no longer be able to perform the simple act of walking down a sidewalk on a lovely spring day. When that day comes, whether it is forty-two years from now or the day after tomorrow, I would give everything I own to be able to do what I’m doing at this very moment.

That realization heightened my enjoyment and appreciation of my walk, of my life, and of the present moment. It calmed and centered me, and reminded me that (more…)

It’s About Time

October 21, 2008

One notion I keep on bumping into in the course of my reading is that time is an illusion, a man-made construct. This hypothesis, increasingly embraced by theoretical physicists, holds that there is no past or future. There is only now, the present moment, which serves as the portal to infinity. Everything that has happened, everything that ever will happen, is happening now.

Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.
Albert Einstein

This concept has been around for quite some time (meaning, I suppose, that it has always been, and will always be, around). For instance, Kurt Vonnegut wrote in his 1959 masterpiece, The Sirens of Titan, ” . . . everything that (more…)