What is "NOW"?

2 years, 5 months ago

Something I have been thinking about lately is how the idea of “NOW” is really difficult to wrap your mind around. I sort of view it as a limit in calculus. We are constantly approaching the next moment getting closer and closer to the now of the next moment…as soon as you grasp on to one moment you are already in the next one. Everything at every moment is constantly becoming the past and we spiral into the future. second by second by millisecond by nanosecond… and so on…. I dont know if this makes much sense, but it is mind blowing in my own head. Let me know what you think!! I’ve read a lot of Eckhart Tolle which makes me really want to live “in the now”……but if I think too hard about it, NOW is such a fleeting piece of time…. :D

November 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm

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Profile photo of Jonny Jonny (@jonnyiscool) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

I know exactly what you mean, and this kinds of thing haunts me in meditation. Often times throughout a day I’ll ask myself, what is going on in my reality, right now? But by the time I ask the question, the moment has passed, and grasping onto that moment is pointless for it is just a member of the past at this point.

I guess the way meditation works is that it transforms your brain waves into alpha waves which constantly ride reality / the present moment instead of trying to grasp or judge it. In that sense, the feeling of surfing life is living in the now.

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Profile photo of HE HE (@cristiansl) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

how soon is now!

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Profile photo of Aiden Aiden (@aidenblair) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

You can’t change the past, you can’t predict the future, there is only the now, and the action you take to shape each now.

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Profile photo of Rob Rob (@facets) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@leahroehl, If we view time as a line, the present is just a point separating past and future.
This analogy works well because points have no dimension. A point doesn’t have length or width, and it can’t contain anything. Like a point, the present itself is without dimension, and can’t contain anything as anything we consider to be the present is constantly becoming the past.

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Profile photo of Flinbot Flinbot (@cgettel) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

The problem, I suspect, isn’t about what “NOW” is, or when, it’s the grasping. It can’t be grasped, and the effort to do so is taking you out of it. Try this: “The enlightened person is aware of every breath.” If you can keep that going for awhile, in the midst of life’s activities, you’ll have a real presence in the “NOW”.

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Profile photo of Leah Leah (@leahroehl) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@jonnyiscool, @cristiansl, @aidenblair, @facets, @cgettel, Thanks for the response guys! Good to hear anothers thoughts (:….. the NOW is just a point on a line changing future into past, and all we can do is float along with it. Ride the waveee!!!! :D

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Profile photo of Rhett Cuthbert Rhett Cuthbert (@rhettcuthbert3) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

i am typing this “now” but what i just did is then, as well as that < which is also now right now, but no longer is, because youre always in "now"…how bout that.

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Profile photo of Dreamer Dreamer (@heartbeat) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@leahroehl, haha yeah I feel like that too, they all say like live in the here and now, a lot of people tell me that, and be happy in here and now so there must be something true of it, but when i focus on the here and now i dont feel really joyful i just feel between happy and sad, and being happy is so short of time, and that moment i dont think of NOW, i just feel happy, but when I have to think about the here and now it’s really hard to just focus on something floating like time, and still appreciate everything that happens in the NOW even if its just nothing extremely joyful that happens lol..:S…BUT i do have some different opinion on this, namely if you train yourself to focus on the here and now, you sensitisize your bodily sensations and you become more aware of things, as if you can FEEL more or SEE more or UNDERSTAND more of things, i dont really know how to explain but you become more sensitive somehow.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

I think the most important about this whole now thing is, that when you make tea, you use all you focus to make tea. If you walk, you use your focus to walk. Etc. etc.
So no ‘multi-tasking’.

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Profile photo of O Anonymous (@) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

it`s meowcrab lava.

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Profile photo of Zykanthos Zykanthos M (@chodebalm) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Check this out:

It’s only 9 minutes long, but it will answer your question about what “now” is.

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Profile photo of O Anonymous (@) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@leahroehl, when does this moment stop and the next moment starts, please be precise and clear so i can understand fully. And i`ve been wondering about something for a long time but my intellect is not efficient enough, maybe you can help me : What is the purpose of purpose?

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