Looks like more work ahead,” I sighed, “just when I thought I was getting somewhere.” “Your business is not to ‘get somewhere’—it is to be here. Dan, you still hardly ever live fully in the present. You’ve only focused your mind here and now when you’re doing a somersault or being badgered by me. It’s time now to apply yourself like never before, if you’re to have a chance of finding the gate. It is here, before you; open your eyes, now!” “But how?” “Just keep your attention in the present moment, Dan, and you’ll be free of thought. When thoughts touch the present, they dissolve.” He prepared to leave.
THE WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR -Dan Millman
Two monks, one old, one very young, walked along a muddy path in a rain forest, on their way back to a monastery in Japan. They came upon a lovely woman who stood helplessly at the edge of a muddy, fast-flowing stream. Seeing her predicament, the older monk swept her up in his strong arms and carded her across. She smiled at him, her arms around his neck, until he put her gently down on the other side. Thanking him, she bowed, and the monks continued on their way in silence. As they neared the monastery gates, the young monk could no longer contain himself. “How could you carry a beautiful woman in your arms? Such behavior does not seem proper for a priest.” The old monk looked at his companion, replying, “I left her back there. Are you still carrying her?”