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Hooray for the Past and the Future!
After extensive thinking about this, while I see where Tolle et al are coming from, I have concluded that Past and Future, while contained in Now are still perceptual points of view in a linear time line that can be of great and useful service to us.

 And without the Past and the Future, there would be no Now!

Here is a poem I wrote a couple of days ago (posted in Spiritual Poetry under Poetry):

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Some time ago, I read the Power of Now;

Except then,

It was Now,

Although Now with my pen,

I am writing about Then.

 

This poem is Now,

But tomorrow in Now

Will be Yesterday.

And Yesterday in Now is Today

So neither Yesterday,

Nor Tomorrow exist

And the ephemeral Now -

- Is just a major cash cow.

 

Which is okay by me

In our economy free.

 

So, what about the Power of Then?

Or the Power of Men?

Or the Power of Zen?

Or, the Power of When...?

 

If When is Then,

Because only Now exists

Then “When” does not exist -

- Except as “Then,”

And is called “Now.”

 

Call it what you may,

“Now’s” different every day.

It’s a question of perspective.

But to think of that

And try to have a chat,

Is like trying to catch

A frightened cat.

 

“Come now, lad,” says our common sense man.

“Now is now; then is then; when is when; and

Tomorrow will be and yesterday was.

When will you learn?

They all have power in their turn.”

 

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Copyright © 2009 by Jonathan Sion. All rights reserved.

posted by Raphael222 on June 25, 2009 at 5:17 AM | link to this | reply

Always fun to look at old journal/blog entries.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on June 18, 2009 at 3:22 PM | link to this | reply

Tex
Yes, the moment is all that is. But that still leaves the question - what is the moment's extension? How far back does the 'now' reach? For it can hardly be said to extend into the future...unless we give up the notion that time exists, as others have suggested, and as I have briefly (and inadequately)  discussed in my series on Time...

posted by Nautikos on June 18, 2009 at 8:13 AM | link to this | reply

The present is truly a present! Thanks for stopping by; I hope the salt works on your weeds! Nita.

posted by Nita09 on June 18, 2009 at 6:38 AM | link to this | reply

Indeed the moment is what we have...

posted by Chilitree on June 17, 2009 at 11:32 PM | link to this | reply

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