The Tao of Now has been praised as an “exquisite handbook for enlightenment,” as “an invaluable resource for anyone interested in finding peace in the present moment,” and called, “the ultimate hit parade of ageless wisdom and timeless presence.”

 

"Do you really want to be happy? Just pay attention and be kind, unconditionally kind, on this breath alone. Forget about the future. Just this breath. No matter what the circumstances, just be kind. Friend, lover, family member, someone who seems to hate you, someone you’ve never met on the street, your own soft animal body. Just be kind, in whatever way is appropriate. Everything else will work itself out, and you will begin to sense your own Pure Heart everywhere. How amazing. Very simple. Just be kind. Only on this breath." -- Scott Morrison


"Sitting quietly, feel what sits there.
Explore this body you sit in.
Observe the scintillating field of sensation we call the body.
Notice sensation’s wordless quality.
Its sense of simply being humming throughout the body.
Go within sensation to that subtle presence by which the sensation is known. Feel the sensation within sensation.
Settle into that sense of being, of aliveness vibrating in each cell.
Rest in being.
Just sit quietly and know. Let awareness sink into itself. Know what knows.
Experience directly that sense by which you imagine you exist.
Enter it wholeheartedly. Sit in the center of that hum.
Does it have a beginning? Does it have an ending?
Or is there just a sense of endless being, unborn and undying?
Don’t ask the mind, which always limits itself with definitions, ask the heart, which cannot name it but always is it.
Rest in being" -- Stephen Levine


"When you live with this awareness, there’s no fretting about making this or that happen or go away. Take, for example, sitting up in bed in the morning, putting on socks, and applying the same awareness to putting on socks as you give to following your breath on your [meditation] cushion. There’s just your arm moving, the feel of the sock pulling up over your foot, the arch of your neck as you bend over. Thinking of nothing at all, putting every bit of yourself into simply pulling on that sock. Suddenly the world opens up. There’s an enormous rush of joy for no reason at all. Everything outside you and inside you is swallowed up by that sock going over your toes. It all happens so fast, you can’t even say how long the moment lasts. There’s not even any sense of you pulling on the sock. It could just as easily be the sock pulling you on. You and your sock and your foot and your elbow and your neck have somehow all vanished into the act itself. It’s not that you physically disappear or go into some altered state; it’s just that you’ve dropped into the pure joy of closing the gap between yourself and the moment of pulling on your sock." -- Manfred B. Steger and Perle Besserman

 


"Just being at the piano—egoless—is to reach the place where the only thing that exists is the sound and the moving toward the sound. The music on the page that was outside of you is now within you, and moves through you; you are a channel for the music, and play from the center of your being. Everything that you have consciously learned, all of your knowledge, emanates from within you. There is a sense of oneness in which the heart of the musician and the heart of the composer meet, in which there is no room for self-conscious thought. You are one with yourself and the act, and feel as if playing has already happened and you are effortlessly releasing it. The music is in your hands, in the air, in the room, the music is everywhere, and the whole universe is contained in the experience of playing." -- Mildred Chase


"What I’m leading you to is the following: awareness of the reality around you. Awareness means to watch, to observe what is going on within you and around you. “Going on” is pretty accurate: Trees, grass, flowers, animals, rock, all of reality is moving. One observes it, one watches it. How essential it is for the human being not just to observe himself or herself, but to watch all of reality. Are you imprisoned by your concepts? Do you want to break free of your prison? Then look; observe; spend hours observing. Watching what? Anything. The faces of people, the shapes of trees, a bird in flight, a pile of stones, watch the grass grow. Get in touch with things, look at them. Hopefully you will then break out of these rigid patterns we have all developed, out of what our thoughts and out words have imposed on us. Hopefully we will see. What will we see? This thing that we choose to call reality, whatever is beyond words and concepts. This is a spiritual exercise—connected with breaking out of your cage, out of the imprisonment of the concepts and words.
How sad if we pass through life and never see it with the eyes of a child …" -- Anthony de Mello