Being Present For Peace

Being present fully. Who is? Zen masters who have done years of training in meditation and deliberate consciousness? Athletes and performers who have done years of practise, endless hours of rehearsal and perhaps hundreds of hours on stage or before a camera?

In one of her fascinating mystery novels, Patricia Cornwell’s lead character Kay Scarpetta reflects on the consciousness of a murderer. A consciousness that works the environment – notices every person around himself, the awareness levels of the individuals he is studying – who could help him, who could hinder him, in his quest for the next kill, or his quest in manipulating and using anyone to forward his goals. Scarpetta muses how unaware most folks are in comparison. How we don’t notice people around us, or the details of the setting we’re in. How much more present a serial murderer is, than us plain folks.

That’s scary, huh? Do any of us enter a public place or a workplace on the leading edge of awareness – scouting for someone to exchange a positive communication with, someone to help, or ask for help? Do we scan the crowd for persons of peaceful or cheerful demeanors with which to resonate, enjoy, and move on? Do we notice? Are we ever fully open to the scenario we are in, drinking in every tiny vibe of “Yes!” from the movements, mannersims, expressions of individuals in our immediate landscape, be it the mall, the bus stop, the parking lot, the office tower lobby?

So do we have to be a murderous predator to even contemplate that degree of awareness?

It strikes me that the opposite – serenity – might be an equivalent presence. I’ve experienced serenity after meditating, after exercising, after performing especially. There were moments of a real high, of extended perceptions, a sense of seeing every face in an audience. Also a sense of hearing every individual in an audience breathing individually from the stage. (No, I was not on some chemical or herb.) An open, receptive consciousness, taking in astounding detail.

Not so much extending perceptually out into the environment scouting for certain things, but BEING the whole area of perception, wrapping around it in a way. And therefore knowing what was there.

So my train of thought kept going with the idea that if we non-predatory individuals walked through life via a presence, our presence, opened and extended in this way, that we would notice more of a like consciousness anywhere we go. Or just look at. And we, being in this frame of mind, would be Being more.

In most busy, crowded, public places I tend to shut down. I know where I need to go, what I need to do, and then I want to get home, or to my next quieter place, or next commitment. So it’s like the goal is to NOT be there!

Now the thought hangs – what have I missed? Who have I missed? I will never know – but possibly now I will remember, once or twice a month, to wake up in my environment, really Be There and take it all in, look for what I think of as good in the environment, anything good. Not as in a delusion or fantasy – but with bold, sharp-edged awareness.

Time Is a Mysterious Factor – Let Us First Know About the Present

How could an object be located in space? While the first three dimensions are used to specify its location in the space, the fourth dimension time, locates its position in time.

Space and time are inseparable. Time could not be easily explained. For our convenience sake we are saying present tense, past tense and future tense.

The events that had happened is past. The events which we are experiencing now is present and what is to come is future.

But these tenses are related. Swami Vivekananda once explained that all the three tenses are mingled together if you see them from an infinite height. You can take whatever tense you want at that level and see what is happening at that moment.

How could this be explained? Very Easy. Imagine one person is travelling in a train. In the compartment, he is able to see through the window up to a distance. The person sitting opposite to him will be able to see the other side through the window up to a distance. The person who is sitting in the compartment next to the engine could see a little more. Suppose if a person travels sitting on the roof of the train he could see everything in front, back, right and left.

Now could anyone say who is exactly in the present tense? Before you say, this moment starts, it ends within a second. The present becomes past in a second and the future becomes the present in that second. So, who is living exactly in the present? And whose vision is the ‘present’ vision among the travelers, the person whom we referred first or the person opposite to him or the one who is in the compartment next to engine or the person who is sitting on the roof top of the train?

For the person who is on the roof top other person’s past is also present. And other person’s future also present. At a higher level all the tenses are mingled.

All are in present tense only but their vision is full or partial depending upon the obstructions or limits.

So our views regarding present tense is only relative! Actually we are all in present tense only.

The train is moving and hence all the persons are in ‘Continuous Present”.

This is exactly the Hindu religion says about time. We are ever in Continuous Present.

Time is ever flowing. Nobody could explain it. Nobody could escape from it also.

Space and time are inseparable. Living in the present is desirable. For this, continuous effort is required. Because all are either fuming about the past or hoping about the future.

The Zen Buddhism and Hinduism emphasize to live in the present. If you are able to live in the present then nothing could stop your success.

This is one aspect of Time. We will explore further in our future article.

Wedding Present Ideas: What To Give Them On Their Special Day

A wedding is one of the most special days of a person’s life, especially when it comes to brides. Although there are many things out there that might be good for the couple, not all of them fall into your budget and others simply aren’t special enough for a wedding day. Some wedding gift ideas you can simply derive for their wedding registries. Even then, you would have to sift through countless stuff that they have sneaked in along with useful stuff.

Artwork

Beautiful artwork is always a welcome gift. The couple is just about to begin their new life, probably in a new home. This means that they will always be in need of stuff that will help spruce up their home. Artwork doesn’t always have to be something generic. You could even get a personalised piece made for them. Something like a portrait or create a mosaic out of favourite pictures.

Paid Vacation or Stay at a Hotel

This is one of the more expensive options on the list. Not too many people have the finance required to back something like this up but it doesn’t necessarily have to be from one person. A number of people could chip in and pay for their dream vacation. A stay for the first 2 or 3 days at an expensive hotel for their first few nights is also a great way to celebrate their new lives.

Bottle of Wine

There are some generic gifts which may become special only by the intentions attached to them. Give the wine a personalised label celebrating their wedding and wishing them a healthy and happy life. Another great way is to tell them to only open it on their 5th or 10th anniversary. This shows the faith you have in them as a couple.

Dinnerware

Dinnerware may sound very boring but ask the bride and groom after a few months of marriage. Once all the exciting gifts have run out and they’re left to tend to their house, dinnerware will feel like a blessing.

Expensive Items off the Registry

These are usually items that the bride and groom have sneaked in. These may be expensive and depend entirely upon your budget and relationship with the couple. Couples are not usually expecting people to purchase these high priced gifts so it will be a nice surprise for them if you do.

Wedding gift ideas can be confusing but if you have a registry at your disposal, you can’t really go wrong. If you want to go off the wedding registry for whatever reason make sure that the present is personal and memorable. Wedding present ideas with a personal touch are very appealing and can set your gift apart from the others.