How Now: 100 Ways To Celebrate The Present Moment by Raphael Cushnir

From the Buddha to Ram Dass, sages have extolled the benefits of living in the “now.” But what exactly does that mean and, more importantly, how’s it done?

In How Now, Raphael Cushnir demystifies the concept of living in the present moment and offers 100 easy, specific practices designed to bring awareness to our thoughts and actions. Readers participate in inspiring, life-affirming activities, ranging from redefining friendships to forging forgiveness, or even revisiting such simple childhood pleasures as blowing bubbles. Evocative color photography lends further inspiration as Cushnir, a popular contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine, offers practical and appealing encouragement for creating a more joyful here and now.
Raphael Cushnir gives talks, leads seminars, and counsels clients worldwide. He is a popular contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine, and the author of Setting Your Heart on Fire and Unconditional Bliss.

Living in the present moment is a universal spiritual practice emphasized in one way or another by all the world’s religions. It has also been widely explored in bestsellers by Ram Dass, Eckhart Tolle, and others. This handy resource by Cushnir contains 100 practices that can help you to stay focused in the moment and to savor the riches that are yours in this abundant world.

For example, perhaps you have trouble connecting your values to those moments when you reach for a credit card or cash without thinking. Here is a practice to help you bring more intention to that moment:

“For one month, keep a rubber band around your bills in your wallet. Place additional rubber bands around your checkbook, credit card, and ATM card. Then, whenever you have to remove one of the rubber bands in order to buy something, use that moment to reflect. Do I really care about what I’m buying? What is its impact upon my life as a whole? Would I be better served by using this money in another way?

“It’s important to note that there’s no right or wrong in this exercise. How you spend your money is entirely up to you. So keep your exploration relaxed and light. Let it guide you to your heart’s desire.”

Each of these spiritual practices can be done in the midst of your everyday life and will enable you to add depth to your experience of the present moment. Some of the ones we found most helpful and enjoyable include those on inner smile, shower with praise, dance like mad, out with the old, slow down, neighborhood watch, penetrate impatience, and a day of silence.

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Beyond Awakening: The End of the Spiritual Search by Jeff Foster

This is a book about the utterly obvious. It’s about the spiritual search, and the frustrations surrounding it. It’s about those ultimate goals we set ourselves: enlightenment, awakening, liberation, and how those goals can never actually be reached, because – and here’s the great discovery the person who seeks them has no more reality than a presently-arising belief. That is to say, “you” are just a thought, happening now.

A sequel to the bestselling” Life Without A Centre: Awakening from the Dream of Separation,” this book is packed with clear and vibrant expressions of nonduality. Time and time again, the text gently points back to the futility of both the spiritual search, and the “search to end the search” (another game the mind loves to play). With great humour, compassion and clarity, the book will draw you into a direct confrontation with your own absence, an absence which, paradoxically, is also a perfect presence. This may be the last book a spiritual seeker will ever need.

Jeff Foster – The End Of All Seeking – Nonduality, Advaita, Spiritual Awakening,

“What we are talking about here is the possibility of waking up from the dream of separation. And it’s an awakening that’s simpler, gentler and more intimate than you could ever imagine. This radical message lovingly allows all spiritual paths to have their place, whilst at the same time making them completely obsolete. And this may feel very threatening to a mind hooked on ideas of paths, processes and perfection. But in the presence of this revolutionary clarity, the endless seeking of the mind cannot last.

And then, in the place of striving, suffering, and solidity, there is only ever lightness, love… and so much laughter. Some have called this “spiritual awakening”. I call it Life Without A Centre.”

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