Now. Here. This.

Two of my favorite personal sites to follow — Patrick Rhone and Daniel Nesbit both shared a great reminder/mantra recently.

Patrick’s Where do I begin?:

It was not until the middle of the long drive home that I realized that a space is the only difference between nowhere and now here. It’s a koan — a Buddhist riddle meant to transmit a lesson. Nowhere is where all things begin and where all shall return. Now/Here is the space in between — the present moment.

And Daniel’s now, here, this shared a conversation from a podcast that touched on a similar theme:

FR. BOYLE: Yeah. Whenever the desert fathers and mothers would get absolutely despondent and didn’t know how they were going to put one foot in front of the next, they had this mantra. And the mantra wasn’t “God” and the word wasn’t “Jesus.” But the word was “today.” That’s sort of the key. There’s a play off-Broadway right now called “Now. Here. This.” It’s “Now,” period, Here,” H-E-R-E, period, “This.” And that’s kind of my — that’s become my mantra. Lately, I’m big on mantras. So when I’m walking or before a kid comes into my office, I always say, “Now. Here. This, Now. Here. This.” So that I’ll be present and right here to the person in front of me.

A great reminder to stay present, especially during a stressful holiday season.

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Learning how to hide and still be found

Today Austin Kleon posted about the challenge of balancing connection and disconnection in order to stay sane in today’s hyper connected world.

For me, that’s what this year has been about: Learning how to hide and still be found. How to stay connected overall, but how to disconnect in crucial ways that allow me to recover some calm, some privacy, some inner sense of self, so that I can make great things to share. Because if you don’t hide, at least a little bit, it’s hard to make something worth being found.

I’ve been slowly disconnecting from (or at least connecting less to) Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while still allowing myself to be found here on my blog and by extension, In a way it’s nice to have a central location on the web for my interests, but I also worry that friends rely so much on the major platforms, that I will lose those connections over time. I guess that’s where real life comes in!

Source: How to hide and still be found – Austin Kleon

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