Be Here Now

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
~Ram Dass

Be Here Now was a 1971 book released by Ram Dass. Yes, this book did introduce the phrase in popular culture. I remember hearing Wayne Dyer use the phrase as a reminder to come back to this moment.

The great Vietnamese Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh has made coming back to this moment a cornerstone of his teaching. He wrote:

“I will practice coming back to the present moment...not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past or letting anxieties, fears, or cravings pull me out...”

There never seems a shortage of reasons to pull our bodies, minds, and consciousness from away from the only moment that ever truly matters. The only moment where we can truly transform ourselves or not.

We have our whole lives to be somewhere else. Why not be here now?

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It was in this spirit, of being in the moment, that I wrote down this poem back in 1993. I was experiencing that very moment in that very moment. The day was warm, the sky blue, the puffy clouds floated above. All reminding me to be here now.

“Springtime Moment”

Spread out on the warm spring grass
staring at the vast blue sky;
conscious of my smallness.

In each cloud a vision,
sometimes objects sometimes faces
ever shifting their position.

Heavens slowly turning;
the curve of the world may be seen
by eyes cast upward in dreamy wondering.

Today I took a break from the day job at lunch time. Mia and I went outside and lived another now very much like that one 25 years ago. It still feels good. She understood too in her dog way. When I asked her whether she was ready to go inside, she looked at me with her aging eyes and said, "Let me just be here now."

Ray Davis
for 6 Sense Media