: at the present time
: in the next moment : very soon
: in the present situation
Now (adv.): before 12c. Middle English, from Old English nu “at present, immediately,” akin to Old High German nu “now”, from Latin nunc, Greek nyn. Perhaps originally “newly, recently,” and related to the root of new.
New (adj): Before 12c. Old English neowe, niowe, earlier niwe ” fresh, recent, novel, unheard-of, different from the old; untried, inexperienced.”
“My eyes were closed, they're open now”
Damien Rice (born 1973, age 41, Irish singer-songwriter musician and record producer who plays piano, guitar, percussion, and clarinet. Rice began his musical career as a member of the 1990s rock group, Juniper.)
“Sometimes now was enough.
Sometimes it was everything.”
Mary Balogh (born 1944, age 44, Welsh-Canadian historical romance novelist.)
“There's nothing more beautiful than authenticity. There's nothing stronger than vulnerability. There's no better time than now.”
Vironika Tugaleva (Inspiration speaker, coach, and author of the “The Love Mindset.” )
“No, my life is not this precipitous hour
through which you see me passing at a run.”
Rainer Maria Rilke (Rene Karl Wilhelm Johann Maria Rilke, 1875-1926, Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, “widely recognized as on the most lyrically intense German-language poets…”)
“Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.”
Thich Nhat Hanh (born 1926, age 88, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet, and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, traveling internationally to give retreats and talks. )
“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”
Masaru Emoto (1943-2014, Japanese author, international researcher and entrepreneur, who claimed that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water.)
“No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”
Alan W. Watts (1915-1973, British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience.)
“When you realize that eternity is right here now, that it is within your possibility to experience the eternity of your own truth and being, then you grasp the following: That which you are was never born and will never die. . . .”
Joseph Campbell (1904-1987, American mythologist, writer, and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion.)
“Remain faithful to the earth, my brothers, with the power of your virtue. Let your gift-giving love and your knowledge serve the meaning of the earth. Thus I beg and beseech you. Do not let them fly away from earthly things and beat with their wings against eternal walls. Alas, there has always been so much virtue that has flown away. Lead back to the earth the virtue that flew away, as I do—back to the body, back to life, that it may give the earth a meaning, a human meaning.”
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet, and composer.)
The Now state of existence can sometimes feel like a nebulous cloud, an elusive dimension, especially when we are bombarded by stress, confusion, and doubt.
When we examine the etymology of Now as it relates to the word, New, then the roots of its contemporary meaning begin to present some clarity.
I love drinking organic Yogi tea not because it’s great tea, but because of its wisdom messages printed on the tea bag tag. One of my favorite quotes is: “A relaxed mind is a creative mind.”
It’s also an important reminder that meditation is a vital practice. I’m not just referring to a formal practice of meditation, but those moments when we allow ourselves to daydream, whether in the shower, while walking or running, sitting in nature, or just doodling. Meditation allows the chatter of the mind to subside, so we are able to tap into our unlimited potential.
To BE and to dwell in the present moment allows us to more confidently feel our way around in the dark, face the unknown, and to see who we are as individuals and what we are capable of creating.
When the mind is relaxed we are able to problem-solve and choose those things that most resonates personally for us.
When I was a sophomore in liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, the Governor of that state wanted to appoint the first student trustee to the university’s board. There were specific criteria for the candidates. The student had to be a sophomore, a state resident, and in “good-standing” with the university.
One day, while walking across campus I was approached by the student government president and he asked me a few questions in reference to my qualifications. As I answered he abruptly ended our conversation and said that he already had enough candidates and that I would not be nominated.
I smiled, didn’t fuss or argue, but listened and stayed still as the student president tried to justify his rationale. Because I was attentive and at peace I could see that there was nothing to worry about. I intuit that I would be asked again.
Sure enough, when I was walking across campus one night I ran into my Spanish professor who looked pretty ticked off. She asked me again about my qualifications and asked if anyone had approached me about being nominated. I said yes the student body president had, but said he had more than enough candidates.
My professor shook her head in disgust and said someone would be contacting me soon, and in a few weeks I was off with a group of 4 other young men, I as the only young women candidate for the job.
I smiled, in awe of the process, especially in the car ride on the way to the state’s capital and while sitting in the Governor’s boardroom. I answered the questions succinctly, accurately, and with great thought. I just knew what I knew. At the end of the group interview everyone knew that I would be granted the appointment. Within a few days I received a call and a letter appointment for the first student trustee of the university.
Small and mysterious occurrences appear when we are awake and ready to receive the information and when we free from emotional and physical distress. As we relax our mind, body, and spirit and align to our higher selves we can discern and create new and unexpected possibilities.
Written With Love, Tonya