The Intoxication of Now

by Aranyakananda

The title of this post was not meant to parody Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, though it does just happen to be so that I am currently in the middle of Tolle’s “A New Earth”. Though I don’t really want to talk about Tolle specifically in this post, I am sure his work has rubbed off on me in some ways. My experience is that it is a work by which one cannot help but be affected. But I digress. No, what I want to write about is New Year’s Eve. It is almost universally, it seems, celebrated by going out and getting pissed. I really don’t know why that is and I don’t intend to preach against it nor condemn those who do so. I may get a bit off track but I will circle back to it, I promise.

I have learned a few things in my time, and one is that the marking of the passing year, and the time we take to sit back and reflect as it approaches is really a macrocosm of that very “Now” to which Tolle’s “The Power of Now” refers. Now is this moment…and this one….and this one. There is no past, there is no future. There is only now. Some folks say that sounds a tad hippy-dippy, but it is true. The only place the past exists is in our memories, on film, audio tape, and paper. Other than that there is nothing to prove that it ever was. The future is even more iffy.

An acquaintance of mine recently got a slip of paper with a “fortune” on it which indicated that “Now is the time to try something new.” Apart from the fact that the New Year is a good time to turn over many a new leaf in life, this fortune could not possibly be more literally true. It is literally impossible that anything you are doing right now…or now even…is not new. And I say that with an understanding of time being infinite and a suspicion of universes being multiple. But these moments’ impact is wasted by the fact that we let them pass so blissfully unaware of what we are witness to. That unawareness is what slathers each moment in a coating of “sameness” when in reality you are creating what we call the “future” every single second.

And as long as it is true that the Year is the macrocosm of the moment, let’s examine the situation of New Year’s Eve. Every waking moment of our lives we have the potential to let one intrusive thought turn into abrasive speech, which has the potential to turn into aggressive action. If we are not ever vigilant we miss the fact that there is an infinitesimal bridge between our experiences and our reaction to said experience, whether that reaction be in the form of thoughts, emotions or physical response. That infinitesimal moment, I’m told, is when we are most our-true-selves. When we are at the ground of our very being. Vigilance in those moments can color our behavior and our very world, potentially.

It is my deep hope that everyone be as vigilant and true to themselves as one year passes into another, in (according to my clock) exactly six hours. That you be clear-headed in thought and in your heart as you take a pause tonight between one year and another. Next year is just like one domino being touched off by another falling down into it from this year. Reflect, clear-headed for this infinitesimal moment tonight, so that you might not bring negativity into 2014 with you. Tonight is but a flicker of a moment in the grand scheme, but on the stage of our lives, this moment…this “Now” is all we have.

Make resolutions whenever necessary, as often as necessary, and be true to yourself always.

Aum Namo Narayanaya Namaha!
Aum Namo Bhagavate Vasudevãya
Aum Shanti, Shanti Shanti! (Peace, Peace, Peace!)

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One Response to The Intoxication of Now

  1. Dhrishti says:

    You’re absolutely right – the future IS more iffy.

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