The Presence is there for asking!

A shimmering burst
of energy swirls
around my heart;
and so enigmatic!

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The “Now” in The What Matters Now ebook

Via Rajesh Setty, I stumbled upon “What Matters Now”. Seth Godin and a group of people have written a fantabulous ebook called “What Matters Now” – one page on what they are thinking about as the new year rolls in. Phenomenally good idea and I love this ebook.

However, given the title, they are missing one key ingredient, that is there in the title, but missing in the book, so I will go ahead and add it.


Being truly alive is being here and being now. In this moment.

Thousands of years ago, Buddha said “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment, wisely and earnestly.”

Stop, right here, right now, and take a look at the mind. It is rarely here in the moment. It is either in the past, romanticizing it or feeling low thinking about some past gone events, or it is at the other end, in the yet to come future, worried and tense about the outcome.

Think of it, like a leaking tap, our attention is scattered everywhere, but not here.

This very moment, is pregnant with possibilities.

This very moment, allows us to live all possibilities in life.

All it takes for our lives to change, is but a moment.

Anything can change any time, in any manner. The whole world is a field of probabilities, possibilities.

All the creativity, springs forth from attending to the now.

How does one get to stay in the now?

There is a secret. Want to know it?

The only thing, right here, right now, in the moment, available to us, is our breath.

Can you breath in the past or the future? If it was possible we would procrastinate our breathing to the weekends or heck, maybe even outsource it.

Within the breath lies a thousand untold secrets.

To be in the moment, to be in the now, is possible by attending to the breath.

A few minutes of Pranayams, A few minutes of Sudarshan Kriya, can transform our life, allowing us to stay in this moment, in the now, day in and day out.

And then watch the amazing journey of transformation.

And then delight in knowing the “now”, till we reach there, these are all words, mere words.

PS: All that I have learnt about breath and its secrets, is from my Master Sri Sri RaviShankar; and I am a volunteer faculty with the foundation facilitating the very popular Art of Living Part 1 program and the Art of Living’s Corporate Leadership Program.

Present Moment, Cricket and Sudarshan Kriya!

Updated after I stumbled upon Tendulkar’s interview today.

Via Prem, Akash Chopra writes about the act of staying in the present moment in his latest column at Cricinfo.

We now know that regardless of whether we know the definition of concentration or not, whether we play cricket – or any other sport or for that matter – remaining in the present is the essence to being successful. We all do it unconsciously, and perhaps that’s why we slip out of it without knowing, but if we manage to do it consciously, at will, keeping close tabs on our mind, we’ll be able to control it a lot better and produce better results.

And today stumbled upon what Tendulkar had to say on the same topic

Tendulkar said the secret to his batting lies in keeping the mind clutter-free and his best efforts had come when his mind thought of the present and not of the future, which was not an easy thing to do.

The toughest thing is to clear your mind. The mind always wants to be in the past or the future, it rarely wants to be in the present. My best batting comes when my mind is in the present but it doesn’t happen naturally, you have to take yourself there.

“I am not able to get in that zone as often as I would like but, when you are there, you don’t see anything except the bowler and the ball.”

As he grows older, Tendulkar feels, he has realised the importance of good breathing and relaxing while batting.

“You have to allow your instincts to take over, trust me, your instincts are 99 per cent right but, you know, the older I get the more I realise how important your breathing is to good batting. By that I mean, if you focus on breathing and relaxing, you can force yourself into a comfortable place to bat,” he declared.

It is good to see that the cricketers are now seeing the co-relation between being in the moment and scoring runs. The next logical step, according to me, is the regular practice of Sudarshan Kriya – a technique that allows one to experience what being in the moment really means!