Just Keeping On

Sometimes, “Moment to Moment” is the only way to keep going. Regardless of mood, of experience, of good or bad, just doing it is sometimes all you can manage.

But look! Our intrepid figure to the left doesn’t just keep moving, he does it with grace and poise.

How? When it so often seems that obstacles and obstructions are the rule of the day. “When if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.”

How? He lives in the moment. Each foot is delicately but firmly placed because his attention doesn’t waver. He’s not dwelling on the past, or anticipating the future. He’s planted in the present moment. Look! It’s gone….but here it is again.

The great Ram Dass (aka Dr. Richard Alpert) wrote Be Here Now back in the early 1970s and his gentle, good-natured chiding still is Truth — with an intentional capital “T” — That’s all there IS. We imagine, we attach, we linger, we avoid, but we can only experience being here now.

When we are present in the moment, the moments flow, each to the next, in harmony and discovery, and yes, joy.

From the Osho Zen Tarot:

The past is no more and the future is not yet: both are unnecessarily moving in directions which don’t exist. One used to exist, but no longer exists, and one has not even started to exist. The only right person is one who lives moment to moment, whose arrow is directed to the moment, who is always here and now; wherever he is, his whole consciousness, his whole being, is involved in the reality of here and in the reality of now. That’s the only right direction. Only such a man can enter into the golden gate. The present is the golden gate. Here-now is the golden gate. …And you can be in the present only if you are not ambitious–no accomplishment, no desire to achieve power, money, prestige, even enlightenment, because all ambition leads you into the future. Only a non-ambitious man can remain in the present. A man who wants to be in the present has not to think, has just to see and enter the gate. Experience will come, but experience has not to be premeditated.
       aaaaaaa                      Osho The Great Zen Master Ta Hui Chapter 37
Commentary: As this figure moves across the stones, he steps lightly and non-seriously, and at the same time absolutely balanced and alert. Behind the swirling, ever-changing waters we can see the shapes of buildings; there appears to be a city in the background. The man is in the marketplace but at the same time outside of it, maintaining his balance and able to watch it from above. This card challenges us to move away from our preoccupations with other spaces and other times, and stay alert to what is happening in the here and now. Life is a great ocean in which you can play if you drop all your judgments, your preferences and the attachment to the details of your long-term plans. Be available to what comes your way, as it comes. And don’t worry if you stumble or fall; just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, have a good laugh, and carry on.

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