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The Here and Now

October 27, 2010

Tags: order, Carol Nelson, exhaling, Here and Now, love, moderation, Nelson – Carol, philosophy, questions, sleeplessness, The Here and Now, yoga

Yesterday at yoga, my wonderful teacher Carol Nelson encouraged us to be in the Here and Now.

A great suggestion!

But then I thought: Wait a second!

As a physician I know that the people most in the Here and Now are Alzheimer’s patients. First, in the development of dementia, one loses the future and dwells on the past. Later on even the past dims, and there is nothing there than the Here and Now – a sad state of affairs.

That is not to mean, when your thoughts are churning about a project at work or a past lover who jilted you, it is not a good idea to focus on the Here and Now, take some deep, slow breaths - always start with exhaling! – and feel your diaphragm move.

It only means one shouldn’t stretch a philosophical tenet too far. The Here and Now has it merits – but driven to exclusivity, it becomes hollow and ridiculous. Moderation also is a reigning principle in philosophy.

However - now look at “moderation”, as a concept. When you are falling a love, deeply in love, do you want to “moderate” yourself? Or do you want to live the most important moments of your life?

Questions, questions…
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