Welcome to season 2…, Mindful Quotes, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. A series of my own fresh and original inspirational quotes…. Of course, we can all benefit from being inspired…, and many of us have our favorite quote. 

Some of you may be searching for yours…. That one quote that inspires you to be a better, healthier, and happier You…. Of course, Success as well…, embodies these attributes. 

There is a quote here for almost everyone. Listen for yours.

Hello. I am William Garcia, Philosopher, author of the book titled, Now O’ Clock. Being Mindful, it Always is, and…, your host.

Being a Mindfulness practitioner…, and before I open with the quote of this day, I invite you to join me in a mindfulness affirmation… Ready…. First…, take a deep breath with me…. That felt good, right? Now…, repeat after me…, It is Now O’ Clock…. I am… I am here … I am here now… I am open to be inspired.  

Now…, let’s take another deep breath.

Of course…, you can affirm your mindfulness and do the breathing exercise on your own or with someone else, and I strongly recommend you do. Make it at least a twice daily routine. But if you also want to do it with me…, let’s do it.

 I believe this mindfulness affirmation will help tune your sense of presence…, your mindful sense of presence in the only occasion that matters in your life…Now.

It is Now O’ Clock…, time for the quote of this day.

We talk about mother nature as being all-giving, and powerful. Is there something greater?

Today’s quote is titled: MY KING

 “Time may have been my master here on Earth. But God may yet be my King, in heaven, unquote.

We are here on this earth to live in harmony with each other and mother nature. But over centuries it seems as though, harmony is no longer a worthwhile cause. 

I don’t know about you, but it is clear to me that we, as humans, are turning our backs on mother nature and relying more and more on unnatural ways to live; Modern ways, as they are called.

 It is plain to see, and a little worrisome to me, how we continue to race into what we envision the future to be like, and I don’t know about you, but it seems less natural to me. 

Yes, there are a lot of good in, and to come of it, and I am not picking a fight with modernity. I enjoy modern creature comforts like anyone else. But there are no free lunches, remember? 

So, this is what I came up with. Hopefully, you find it helpful. It is not anything unusual. Many of us have had to choose one, at some time or another, for one reason or another. 

Yes. I have plans too; three for you to choose from. Plans that could help you manage life in a relentless, frantic, and controlling world. A world where we are conditioned to buy into or keep up with. 

But you don’t have to, right? It’s not like you have no choice or control…, you do. You just need to make the choice to take control when and where you can, and there are ways and opportunities to do so. 

One way is with the “slow down” plan. Think of this as a kind of startup plan. The first step is to make up your mind to control how fast you need to go…, to live. You don’t have to buy in, or keep up with the speed modernity. You have the power to set your own pace. Start by slowing down.

On the other hand, if you are good with modernity setting your pace, don’t complain about not having time, and being exhausted. Be mindful that, not choosing, is also a choice.

Choose to slow down. Set your own pace and taste Life one sip at a time. Do it because you really want to. Do it because you can. Cheers! 

Then there is the Mindfulness plan. I think of this as the master plan. Because it is being mindful, that opens your mind to being aware. It helps us focus on what is; not what if. It helps when I take a moment from time to time to notice the world around me through the windows of my 5 senses. 

Being mindful and having set my own pace, I am now more relaxed, less stressed, and more at peace with myself, you, and the world. Being mindful helps me to be the best Me I can be, living the best life I can, and I’m good with that.

Now, the DRIFT plan seems to be today’s default plan. Many are simply born into this plan. It is the only plan they know, hopefully, only until now. It is what I call the Beast’s plan, Modernity’s plan. 

 You see, we came from Modernity as being a problem-solving proposition to one of need and convenience. Then, as Modernity advanced (as the Beast grew bigger, faster, and hungrier), we went from convenience and choice to speed and choice. Speed and choice, mixed with insidiously persuasive suggestions called Ads, has made the waters between needs, and wants to become Brackish. 

 The Beast is at home in these waters. “Come on in. The water is just fine,” says the Beast. Unfortunately, because of the strong currents of speed, addiction, and distraction, we drift away from a calmer and more natural Life; a Life that is ours to choose. But too often, the path of least resistance is chosen. It is easier to drift than it is to swim against the current.

Now, don’t tell me, better yet, don’t tell yourself you can’t at least, slow down. You don’t even believe that. Ask yourself, is it that I really don’t want to? Then be honest with yourself. 

Fortunately, the choice to slow down, take control and set your own pace, is always there.

 Meanwhile, how is the Drift plan working out for you?

From where I stand there are those of us who would rather resist the forces of modernity; to stay as close as we can to being natural humans, existing in harmony with nature; being her partner and protectorate. 

Of course, Humanity, Nature and Modernity can coexist, but only if we really want it to be so. But, more and more, that Ideal seems beyond reach because modernity is increasingly fast, powerful, addictive, relentless and controlling. It is the jealous architect and administrator of the Drift plan.

 The way I see it, we are already between the devil and the deep blue sea. What to do? What could we do? Do I really need to tell you? Come on, you know what I’m talking about. You know what to do. 

Meanwhile, Time does what it does. It waits for nothing or no one. So, we live along as best we can. But it still feels like we are trapped on a rudderless ship full steam ahead toward its own destination, and not necessarily where we would like to go.

The irony is that we are all on the same ship; the ship called, Time; the master of all it surveys; all that exists.

The race into the future would seem to be moving at mind-bending speeds. But of course, it is just an illusion. Time does with us, what it does, regardless of any one’s vision, perception of speed, or direction we would like.

Remember, we are born in it.

Then as time elapses, we all end up in the dustbin of the past, leaving those who willfully or unwittingly continue to race, or be hurried through life.

Those in the dustbin are freed from having to witness what is to happen to mother nature, a massacre of sorts. The kind of destruction the mind should not have to contemplate, and the kind the eye should not have to witness, the kind wherein life continues to lose its natural value…. Talk about the living dead.

Many before us had, and many of us now, are looking ahead and imagining something else; something that represents all the good and beautiful we dream of; a place called heaven and a God that reign as king over all that is good, right, and beautiful.

I don’t know if such a place does exist. But being there is, nevertheless, a beautiful aspiration. 

For me, my life is pretty good, but it is not even close to what I imagine heaven to be like. 

Listen, I am not religious, and don’t have to be to aspire to be with God as my king in a kingdom of love, beauty, kindness, and everlasting happiness. 

Meanwhile, I live along making the best of what life has to offer. But I am not going to pretend that I have found that kingdom here on earth, where Time is a dispassionate Master.

Tune in next time for the quote of the day…. It may be that one quote you are searching for…. That quote that ignites your passion and gears you up for achievement…, or…, it may be the quote that…, as you journey through life…, illuminates your path…, brings you peace…, love…, and happiness. Share what you find here with someone else. It may be a quote…, that for them…, may set them…, or keep them on a path to a better life.

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