I've been reading 'The Power of Now' by Eckhart Tolle. I'm ruminating over it. I'm mulling over it. I've been comforted by it, I've applied it in the oddest settings. My dad's funeral. In the airport when my plane was delayed and my flight was diverted from 11.30 am to 7.15 pm! I bought myself a copy so I can mark it up with different colour highlighter pens. I've been going through it finding sentences that I can remember in difficult moments when I need to practice being in the Now the most. My favourite one during all this has been:
'Accept--then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.'
I also have had good results using the following as cues:
'No matter what happens, I will create no more pain for myself. I will create no more problems.'
'Do not be concerned with the fruit of your action--just give attention to the action itself. The fruit will come of its own accord.'(This one has proven very useful when applied to my driving lessons.)
Here's my new biggie. It may take me awhile to memorize it:
'Don't look for peace. Don't look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted to peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.'