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When I Walk In The Desert   Leave a comment

Baby Jesus TrailStacking Rocks Graveyard — Image by kenne

When I walk in the desert
My eyes are the aperture
Through which the
Desert perceives itself,
Becoming conscious of its beauty.

When I walk in the desert
My ears listen To its harmonies
Expanding our presence,
Becoming conscious of its reality.

When I walk in the desert
My mind gathers
The words to say
What can’t be said,
Becoming award of its language.

— kenne

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)

Are You Trapped in The Present?   Leave a comment

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, in which 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 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 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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