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schnauzer1“Love is mysterious,” writes Jack Kornfield. “We don’t know what it is, but we know when it is present. If we seek love, we must ask where it is to be found. It is here only this moment. To love in the past is simply a memory. To love in the future is a fantasy. There is only one place where love can be found, where intimacy and awakening can be found, and that is in the present. … The only place we can genuinely love a tree, the sky, a child, or our lover is in the here and now.”

 

source: Kornfield, J. (1993). A path with heart: a guide through the perils and promises of spiritual life. Bantam, p.333.

 

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3 responses »

  1. I agree with you that the present is most important in any relationship.

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  2. … since everything is either past, future, or fantasy. still: it’s hard to stay present, especially when the going gets tough and the ego wants to avoid what’s right in front.

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  3. and i do love my schnauzer – right now! more seriously, what else exists but now? i agree, it is, i find, unbelievably hard to just be here in the moment…

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