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"The primary focus of this path of choosing wisely is learning to stay present. Pausing very briefly, frequently throughout the day, is an almost effortless way to do this. For just a few seconds we can be right here. Meditation is another way to train in learning to stay or learning to come back, to return to the present over and over again."
~ Pema Chödrön, from Taking the Leap  
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Everything That Happens

Everything that happens will happen today
& nothing has changed, but nothing's the same
and ev'ry tomorrow could be yesterday 
& ev'rything that happens will happen today

~ David Byrne & Brian Eno


What's Worse? 

What's worse, the falling rain, or your resistance to getting wet?
The changing winds, or your battle against them?
The grass as it grows, or your demand for it to grow faster?
This moment, or your rejection of it?
Consider the possibility that Life is never 'against' you.
You are Life.

~ Jeff Foster

Rain Room at the Barbican, 2012 from rAndom International on Vimeo.




Now and Now and Now

Elliott Alley, January 9, 2014

"You think you will never forget any of this, you will remember it always just the way it was. But you can't remember it the way it was. To know it, you have to be living in the presence of it right as it is happening. It can return only by surprise. Speaking of these things tells you that there are no words for them that are equal to them or that can restore them to your mind. And so you have a life that you are living only now, now and now and now, gone before you can speak of it, and you must be thankful for living day by day, moment by moment, in this presence.

But you have a life too that you remember. It stays with you. You have lived a life in the breath and pulse and living light of the present, and your memories of it, remember now, are of a different life in a different world and time. When you remember the past, you are not remembering it as it was. You are remembering it as it is. It is a vision or a dream, present with you in the present, alive with you in the only time you are alive."

~ Wendell Berry, from Hannah Coulter

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No Story to Hide Behind

"Performance becomes life itself. People don't understand that the hardest thing is to actually do something which is close to nothing. It demands all of you becuase there's no story to hide behind. There's nothing. There's just your pure presence. You have to rely on your own energy and nothing else."

~ Marina Abramović, from The Artist is Present 


The Time You Have (In JellyBeans)