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Now. Sunday June 11, 2017

If all there is, is now,
There'd be no sun or sky.
No rivers, sea,
No grass beneath,
No people walking by.

If all there is, is now,
There'd be no newborn babes,
No wisdom from our elders
and no sea beneath the waves.

If all there is, is now my friend,
We'll never venture out,
Be locked up in this tower,
no new tales to talk about.

If all there is, is now you see,
No thing would really matter,
So learn from life,
Live in the now,
Hold hopes for your tomorrow.

LillyPet
A Moodscope member.

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Jul Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 9:00am

Hello Lilly Pet. What an intriguing poem. At first I didn't understand it but knowing you I thought there must be a meaning to this and I found it. Your poem is subtle and challenging. Since my life changed for the better after I was forced out of work, I do live in the present. When I had this horrible job, I was always planning my escape and what I would do in the future, holidays etc. I hated every minute of the "now". I mostly like the present these days. This was a fundamental change in my attitude to life once I stopped working in an unhealthy environment. Some might say how lucky I am not to have to work but actually the price I paid for this freedom and ability to live in the present was high and nearly killed me. I have had to make many sacrifices but they proved worth it in the end. Thank you Lilly for this poem. Go well today. (I am away for a week so may not be around on Moonscape until next Monday) Love to everyone. Julxx

LP Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 8:41pm

Thanks Jul, Yes, that's pretty much it. It's amazing how much of my life " elsewhere" I catch myself in a gaze, sometimes with a strained expression and wonder if anyone saw! I find the now a much more restful place to be most of the time. Thanks for your reply and have a great week Jul LPxx

Jul Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 9:04am

Moonscape!! My predictive text. But actually I quite like Moonscape. It's like Leah's preference for Done Under yesterday. Jul xx

the room above the garage Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 1:27pm

How much do I adore moonscape?!! Please let us keep it for the wee splinter group of those with insomnia...

LP Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 8:41pm

Oh I like that too! :) x

Mary Wednesday Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 9:20am

This is a lovely poem! I'm not sure I totally understand it. I think I'm pretty good at living in the now. But for me, the "now" includes some element of daydreaming. But I hate planning for tomorrow (although an element of planning is essential, of course). And I hate looking back; too many bad memories. The now is all we have. It's a gift - which is why it's called the present. I always like that saying.

LP Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 8:44pm

Yes , me too Mary! It's a great saying! LP xx

The Gardener Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 11:38am

Thanks Lillypet - helping my day - poetry is seldom understandable first time. For me, it's a vital message of hope. Mr G destroyed a social event yesterday - been to church, really nice - he virtually treats me as a pack animal now, dragging him about, no attempt to help himself. One of the hyms: 'Wisdom has laid a table, she invites men to the feast - come to the banquet of the son of man, eat and drink the peace of God'. I said in a post last week that I had a sort of 'revelation' just coming across the sunny square from the bread shop new strength seemed to come - sounds silly written down. But it seems more than ever that everybody round me is cheering me on - crossing the road for a greeting - coming down the aisle at church for the peace (I have to sit right up the front for Mr G's wheelchair - smiles, kisses, hugs - lots of admiration (deserved?) from everybody. It's made me stand up straighter, make a fuss of my clothes, do my hair nicely - nurse my gardens (tall order, heat wave due, I'll have to lug water. Opposite to Mary, I like looking back, sad moments and all 'Life's rich pageant' because life, withing the walls of the house, is grim. Thank you again LP xx

Molly Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 12:37pm

I hope no-one at the church had acne Gardener. Sorry, I am just joking xx

the room above the garage Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 1:31pm

TG I love hearing about your revelation as you crossed the square...sometimes things just align and bring that inner feeling of contentment, even if it only lasts a tiny bit of time, it's wonderful. Thank you for the wisdom quote, it is gorgeous. You're a great lady. Love ratg xx.

Molly Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 2:15pm

I too enjoyed the revelation of walking across the sunny square from the bread shop. Sounded very french and lovely. It is those certain moments that we can treasure xx

LP Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 8:59pm

Hi TG, I also loved hearing about that wonderful moment that has given you a long deserved boost. Yes deserved beyond measure. I do love your stories of looking back. I wonder if Mr TG would respond somewhat positively to anything from the past? Sounds as though probably not. I am so glad that your revelation has helped you look after yourself a a bit more as it's lovely to hear about how well you can dress and imagine you've always been quite a tasteful and elegant woman. An inspiration! LP xx

Molly Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 12:33pm

I really enjoyed this poem, I very much like the style of it, although I too found it hard to understand. After reading it several times, like Gardener, I see that it is about hope, which is just what I need right now. Also about appreciation of all the good things around us, as we are often consumed with the bad. Thanks Lillypet xx

LP Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 9:04pm

Hi Molly, yes it is also about the beautiful things that are in the world around us if we look. Thank you too! Xx

the room above the garage Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 1:32pm

LP this is beautiful! It reads to me like a wave ebbing and flowing. Thank you, love ratg x.

LP Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 9:12pm

Thanks ratg! Yes it kind of flowed out in that rhythm quite easily, as if it had a life of it's own :) Had to ignore the inner critic and send it in quickly! :)) xx

LP Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 9:52pm

Thanks for your posts guys! :)

I think this little pom reflects a few mixed ideas I have about living in the now.

Being mindful of the now, really helps me sometimes, but going for a walk to de stress and finding my self worrying and overthinking things is hard. Wanting to stay present and having to keep pulling myself back is frustrating, but it's because I'm not being gentle enough with myself. Just stressed.

At other times it a relief, when I've really been stressing about something and I realise that right here and now is ok.It's restful.

The guy that wrote The Power of Now, Echart Toole, took mindfulness to another level, literally giving his life over to staying in the now. Although I think there is a lot of value in mindfulness, taking it to the extreme isn't for me!
So I was also saying that one good thing about the past is that we can learn from it and one good thing about the future is that there is always hope.

On days when I have been low and stayed in bed, at the top of the house, ruminating, feeling unwell from not moving around but with no motivation to do so, it's like being locked up in a tower in my surroundings and mind. So I was saying that If I only lived in the now, if nothing really exists but now, on those low days, all the wonderful things in the world that I've experienced wouldn't exist or mean anything, just as TG said. There'd also be nothing to look forward to.
Bit of a mixed bag!
Love and light to all. LP xx

Molly Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 11:26pm

Thank you for explaining the poem LP. I love it when poems flow like that, I feel they are the best. The ones that come from no-where, just from the heart. I am not really into mindfulness and it is a constant struggle not to worry about the past and the future. But I do try to appreciate the here and now and all the things to be grateful for. Not easy though as my mind constantly races with one thing or another. Love to you too, Molly xx

LP Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 11:35pm

Xx

Eva Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 11:09pm

Hi LP, now is interesting, I generally live in the now, but to be with my dad I have to go into the past, in fact it waves at me countless times a day as related dad aspects of my life flash through my mind. I can't dwell there too long, I have to come back to now. I remember in the hospital I felt so helpless with all of my mindfulness practice I couldn't think of a way that it could help my dad to live in the now, his now was so awful and diminished. That upset me. But had mindfulness been his bag then maybe it would have helped him. I do use now as a safe haven and refuge from the past and the future. Thank you for your words

LP Sun, Jun 11th 2017 @ 11:34pm

You're welcome Eva. Yes that's why I have mixed feelings about it. Someone who knows more about it might be able to say how or whether the approach helps when the now is so hard. Thanks for your comment. LPxx

Nicco Tue, Jun 13th 2017 @ 4:46pm

A lovely poem with plenty of food for thought. Thank you LP.x

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