I spent yesterday afternoon sitting with Eckhart Tolle, (in person, if you can call him a person) because I went through the rabbit hole of NOW. Before I tell the wild story of how my nowness seemed to land me in front of Mr. Power of Now, may I offer A Brief History of Now (I know, I now, historyofnow sounds sowrong!).
NOW (The Idea Of) began 50 years ago for me, because my physicist dad wrote a novel called "NOW" in the 1950s. Although it wasn't a best-seller, he was on BBC telly talking about it, being a crossover scientist/novelist and all. And the quotation at the front of his book was an even earlier "now" spotting, from the poet Borges:
"Then I reflected that everything happens to a man precisely, precisely now."
We've all heard, through many NOWs, the advice about Being Here Now. For many of us boomers (and many of my lovely young students are NOT), it was Ram Dass' breakthrough 60s book that first introduced us to that idea of now; although of course Be Here Now made sense to many of us (but not me) because we had chemically cheated our way into the temporary realization of presence. (I got it through 10 years as a monk, having been a once-is-enough daytripper, but that's another blogstory).
Little did I know, back then,
*Is Love scientific? Let's clear out the memes.
*Unimaginable, SCIENTIFIC Love.
*My cat doesn't like inquiry
*DOWNWAVES: On Creativity and Life Purpose.
*ARE YOU IN A MELTDOWN?
*Melting your Heartbreak.
*From WITNESS to WETNESS
*A GHOST AFRAID OF DYING
*My Hot Date with Eckhart (A Brief History of Now)
*Fatherwave, Fibromyalgia and Physics
MANY MORE IN ARCHIVES BELOW