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Not The Now
on 14 March 2017
Being a Yoga and Tai Chi teacher for 20 years l am constantly having to remind my students that living in the now or the present moment is neither a yogic or Buddhist idea and should be left at the door with their shoes. The Buddha says in the Dhammapada, "Let go of your attachment to the past, the PRESENT and the future, and be free" verse 348.
I find it quite disturbing how these new - age concepts like the law of attraction and the power of now hijack subtle and sophisticated Eastern philosophies and dumb them down to one dimensional cardboard cut-outs.
This book is typical of the Western mind, trying to put time in a box called the now and telling you, "stay in that box, it's a good place". The Buddha, Yoga, Advaita, the Tao and others on the other hand urge us to throw the box into the river, and go with the natural flow of time.
There are times to project into the past, times to project into the future and times to focus in the present, which is inseparably linked to both - the key is to develop the mindful skill in knowing what is appropriate and when.
The Now seems to have hijacked the mentality of mainstream culture l think because it's the ugly twin to instant gratification. A truly awful book.