In recent years there has been a lot of writing on living in the present moment and how happiness is never to be found in the future but only in the NOW. One of the best known writers on the subject is the enlightened author Echart Tolle with his best selling book The Power of Now. Reading such literature one can get the impression that NOW living should be so simple to apply in our lives but experience shows that it is not and we keep slipping back into the past and forward into the future. The Buddist writer Ram Dass, who died recently, made an interesting observation that while we are still trapped in either our personal or our ancestral history it is virtually impossible to hold the ground of the present. Those areas of our unresolved past will not magically disappear but will keep resurfacing and dislodging us from the NOW until they have been integrated and dealt with adequately.
By Fr Jim Cogley
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