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The Now — Revisited (July 2010)   2 comments

Self-portrait

The Now

(In the Zen of the now,
past and future exist as one in art.)

Living for the moment
Creates a false state of being,
Of setting you free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Being in the moment is to
Have a beginning and an end,
Boundaries in which you cannot be free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Having a beginning and an end
Is to not have a past or a future,
Without which you cannot be free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Self-fulfilling nature of the moment
Creates a fear of the unknown,
To fear the unknown is to not be free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Experiencing the now is to
Know the past and learn of the future,
Releasing fear and setting you free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Learning takes place only in the now
Containing life’s recipe (the past),
And future directions to being free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Giving of the now
Is to create a future,
In which you can be free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Living for the now is to give worth
To the past and value to the future,
A future of being free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Living in the now is to experience
Love and life’s peak experiences,
By which others can be free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

kenne

(1st poster July 2010 — Click here to learn about the Lessons of Now)

Imagine And You Can Foretell The Future   Leave a comment

Imagine . . .

pictures not seen
words not read
voices not heard
skins not touched

. . . now, imagine seeing the future.

Imagine . . .

artists not painting
poets not writing
singers not singing
lovers not embracing

 . . . now, imagine seeing the future.

Imagine . . .

a rush of wind coming down
from the mountaintop –
if you listen,
you can foretell the future

 . . . now, imagine seeing the future.

Imagine . . .

staring at a canvass
brush in hand
listen to yourself
you will paint the future

 . . . now, imagine seeing the future.

Imagine!

— kenne

Making Meaning In A Meaningless World   5 comments

Image by kenne

THE BODY
hears the clock ticking,
having started
in a random selection.
Each day feeling and seeing
the passage of time,
locked in step
with the ticking clock,
living only in the moment.
There is no future,
no past,
only the present.
Change comes only
with each new moment,
to be captured
in a mental image.

THE MIND
uses mental images
to allow freedom
from a passive existence
of the moment,
to see the past
for use in
self-reflection,
imagining the future,
to create meaning,
a purpose
to act,
in a meaningless world.

THE ACT
provides meaning
to life’s events,
resulting from
moment-to-moment change,
the interplay of
gesture and response,
address and answer,
claim and counter-claim
by means of speech,
coming to terms
with the human existence,
providing a future
image of self
upon which
perfection is sought.

kenne

Moving from The Faster/Cheaper to The Slower/Better — Understanding “Now”   1 comment

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I’m now in the process of doing some reading on the Clock of the Long Now, which I will do a posting soon. However, before doing so, I would like to share again a poem my poem titled, The Now, and The How of Now, which is my take on living the now — Lessons for The Now.

We live in a world in which our thinking is “here and now,” focusing on how to make things faster and cheaper. The now needs to involve long-term thinking, focusing on slower and better.

The Now

(In the Zen of the now,
past and future exist as one.)

Living for the moment
Creates a false state of being,
Of setting you free. 

Forget the moment, live for the now.

Being in the moment is to
Have a beginning and an end,
Boundaries where you cannot be free.

Forget the moment, live for the now.

Having a beginning and an end
Is to not have a past or a future,
Without which you cannot be free.

Forget the moment, live for the now.

Self-fulfilling nature of the moment
Creates a fear of the unknown,
To fear the unknown is to not be free.

Forget the moment, live for the now.

Experiencing the now is to
Know the past and learn of the future,
Releasing fear and setting you free.

Forget the moment, live for the now.

Learning takes place only in the now
Containing life’s recipe (the past),
And future directions to being free.

Forget the moment, live for the now.

Giving of the now
Is to create a future,
In which you can be free.

Forget the moment, live for the now.

Living for the now is to give worth
To the past and value to the future,
A future of being free.

Forget the moment, live for the now.

Living in the now is to experience
Love and life’s peak experiences,
By which others can be free.

Forget the moment, live for the now.

kenne g. turner (December 2000)

            — Everything exists in the now.  Live it!

The How of The Now

(Everything exists in the now.  Live it!)

You are born with the ability to live for the moment, but you must learn to live for the now — The learning is easy, the living is not.

LOVE

·     Love what you are doing.
·      Love is present when needs are met.
·      Love is necessary to live in the now.
·      Love involves responsibility.
·      Love that is responsible is empathic.
·      Love abhors waste, especially waste of human potential.

COMMITMENT TO PURPOSE

·      Anything worth doing is worth improving.
·      To get what you want, you must do what it takes.
·      You are truly the results of our efforts.
·      Change is a constant — to improve, things must change.

 TRUST AND ASSERTIVENESS

·      Trust is a basic to living in the now.
·      Trust is based on assertive behavior.
·      Assertive people are:
·      Direct
·      Honest
·      Loving
·      Trustworthy
·      Caring
        Sharing
·      Purpose Driven.

COMMUNICATION/LISTENING

·      Encourage people to question and make suggestions.
·      Share information and clarify expectations.
·      Access to information helps improve the process.
·      The quality of the now is determined by the quality of your communications.
·      Acknowledge the need for feedback.
·      If life is a game, share the rules.

CRITICISM

·      Avoid at all cost…it doesn’t work
·      Criticism tends to make people feel inferior.
·      If you blame other people, they blame you.
·      Avoid the use of labels.
·      Avoid being judgmental.

GIVING CREDIT

·      Praise before criticizing.
·      Recognize those who make an effort.
·      Don’t take a good effort for granted.
·      Give credit only within a context of listening to and caring about the person.

COOPERATION

·      Cooperation is making others feel that they count and that they are important.
·      Move people from the position “me” to “we.”
·      Cooperation reduces barriers, rivalries, and distrust.
·      Common struggles for others not separate struggles for power.

RESPECT

·      Respect is based on the concepts of caring and sharing.
·      Respect says one has worth.
·      The individual is the source of all significance, all meaning, and all value.
·      One’s true significance is in living life is to actualize the now.

VALUE AND THE ART OF GIVING

·      When people feel valued, they rise to the level of giving.
·      Always practice the principle of lighting candles.
·      Give without conditions.

BOUNDARIES

·      You can’t put the now in a box.
·      Avoid imposing boundaries on others.
·      Individuality cannot be subject to limitations and restrictions.
·      Boundaries put limits on improvement
·      “Conformity is the cup which holds the tea, and the shape of the cup does not determine the taste of the tea.” — Clinton R. Meek

INVOLVEMENT

·      The absence of involvement produces a “them-against-us” mentality.
·      Always look for things in common.
·      Involvement is the practice of caring and sharing.

QUALITY

·      Focus on the now
·      Unity of purpose
·      Looking for faults in systems
·      Teamwork
·      Lifelong learning

 Lessons for The Now

 Kenne G. Turner

 December 24, 2000

Capturing the Word — The Now   3 comments

Image by kenne

The Now

(In the Zen of the now,
past and future exist as one.)

Living for the moment
Creates a false state of being,
Of setting you free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Being in the moment is to
Have a beginning and an end,
Boundaries where you cannot be free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Having a beginning and an end
Is to not have a past nor a future,
Without which you cannot be free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Self-fulfilling nature of the moment
Creates a fear of the unknown —
Fear the unknown is to not be free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Experiencing the now is to
Know the past and learn of the future,
Releasing fear and setting you free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Learning takes place only in the now
Containing life’s recipe (the past),
Providing directions to being free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Giving of the now
Is to create a future,
In which you can be free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Living for the now is to give worth
To the past and value to the future,
A future of being free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Living in the now is to experience
Love and life’s peak experiences,
By which others can be free.
Forget the moment, live for the now.

Kenne

(Everything exists in the now.  Live it!)

Are You Trapped in The Present?   2 comments

leyendecker_4501Out with the Old, and In with the New! Happy Leyendecker New Year

As we venture into the New Year, there is a good chance that we will face many challenging choices, and if you are like me, you want the choices you select to have effective results – you want them to lead to success.  Each Monday morning, I receive the Monday Morning Memo from Roy Williams.  As he often does, Roy share bits of advice that makes us stop and think, even if the information is not new.  This morning was no exception, which he titled The Secret of Success. He relates a study conducted by Walter Mischel, a scientist at Stanford University 40 years ago, where 4-year old children were led into a room with a see-through mirror, one at a time.  Each child was given a marshmallow and told, “You can eat the marshmallow right now if you want. But if you wait until I come back to eat your marshmallow, I’ll give you a second marshmallow to go with it.” The child was then left alone in the room.

The study results showed that:
One-third of the children ate the marshmallow immediately.
One third held out for a short time, then ate the marshmallow.
One third waited for 15 to 20 minutes until the giver of marshmallows returned with the promised second marshmallow.

Fourteen years later, at the age of eighteen, each of the original 216 children was located. Those who didn’t eat the marshmallow scored an average of 210 points higher on the SAT (610 verbal and 652 math versus 524 verbal and 528 math.)

At age 40, the group that didn’t eat their marshmallows had more successful marriages, higher incomes, greater career satisfaction, and better health than the marshmallow eaters.

The 4-year-old who eats the marshmallow is oriented toward the present.
The 4-year-old who waits is oriented toward the future.

Roy’s message is that “…we can learn big things from small indicators,” ending my reminding us that six years ago, he sent a Monday Morning Memo that linked our ability to accumulate wealth to our orientation toward the future. Click here to read the memo.

2009 is going to be a year of upheaval.
Will you be oriented toward the future?
Or are you trapped in the present? —
Roy Williams

— kenne

Posted January 5, 2009 by kenneturner in Information, Life

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