Being Here Now

I was watching a child in a coffee shop eat a brownie today.  He didn’t stuff it in his mouth absent mindedly, nor was he neat and perfect in his approach.  But instead he examined the brownie, poked it, prodded it, smelled it, and enjoyed it!  He put it down, picked it up, and truly was experiencing it all while looking and staring around the room in wonder, looking at all the colors on the wall, the books and games on the shelf, and really taking in his environment.  Then he started to dunk the brownie in his hot chocolate… which made me laugh out loud.

Children can be such masters of the moment!

We “learn” so much that many times we forget about the moment and can find ourselves caught up in the illusion of the past or the future.  Actually sometimes it’s hard to be in the moment at all, even for a moment.

When was the last time you were washing your hands after preparing a raw meal that you took the time to listen to the water splash against your hands?  Were you standing up straight with good posture or were you slumped over the sink?  Did you get lost staring in the water and just wonder at the beauty of it all?

Or… were you thinking about washing up as fast as possible so you could eat the food you just made?

I have been trying to work on this lately and find that it can be trickier to do than one might think.  Not that it’s a tough thing which requires lots of concentration or strenuous effort, but rather it’s all about letting go, being in the NOW, because that is all there ever is anyway.  Moving from operating from the mind, which likes to trick us out of the present, to being the observer that does not judge or condemn, but only loves, and is in the here now.

I’ve received many emails and comments on different raw food boards about people going on and off raw, slipping up occasionally, and struggling with guilt and self-love.  My answer to this is “what does it mean to slip up.”  Most people know the famous quote from Thomas Edison regarding the light bulb:

The story goes that “Thomas Edison failed more than 1,000 times when trying to create the light bulb”.  When asked about it, Edison allegedly said, “I have not failed 1,000 times.  I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.”

If you decide to eat steamed vegetables, a baked potato, or even a slice of pizza… you didn’t slip up, you made a choice.  Once that food has been eaten you can never go back to change or re-arrange that, that moment is over.  Your guilt will not change anything.  In the words of Dr. Wayne Dyer, it’s just as over as the Peloponnesian War.  Do you feel guilty about that?  No, then why do you feel guilty about the pizza?  That moment is over.

Once we see everything as a choice and not as “good or bad,” or “right or wrong,” we start to release guilt, fear, and condemnation about our choices and life becomes so much more enjoyable.  This Raw Food lifestyle is about liberation, not judgment, self or others.

So I encourage you to be kind to yourself, love yourself, and be free from judgment and guilt.  If you decide to eat that slice of pizza then enjoy it with all your heart.  If I were going to eat it I would affirm that it has all the nutrients and vitamins my body needs, and that it is healthy and healing for me.  Then I would enjoy it with gusto.

And if that is a challenge for you to believe, well, be in the moment!

All my love!

Philip : )

Check out one of my favorite books regarding the Here Now:
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
By Philip on January 2, 2008 : (Read more from Philip)

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12 responses to “Being Here Now”

  1. Marla says:

    I just started following you on twitter 🙂

    I remeber your story that you posted on the online community . I found it very inspirational, but didn’t really understand all the being "raw" entailed. Now that I know a bit more, I love incorporating more whole and raw foods into my diet. I have been vegan and vegetarian, and I really love the way it makes me feel. @gcrush and @1rawgirl are hosting a Raw in Reno challenge this month!

    Scott and I are living in New Zealand at the moment and just wen to go hear Eckhart speak live! About his new book "A New Earth". So good to read blogs about being in the present, and I enjoyed your take on it. Look forward to reading more of your blogs as it is my first visit to you site 🙂 Love and light!


  2. Anthony says:

    Great thoughts here Philip…consciously being in the moment sounds so easy…but it really takes time.

    See you soon man…let’s start thinking about a trip next year for sure.


  3. shannonmarie says:

    I loved this post. My son is so observant and I wish I could take the time to appreciate things like he does. Oh to be a kid again.

    I also agree with you about the whole guilt thing attached to eating something that’s not part of the raw lifestyle. You can’t change it, so don’t beat yourself up about it when it happens.

    Besides, how many of us are truly 100 percent anyway (especially with all the dashes of this or that in a recipe that don’t require cooking, but aren’t technically raw)?

    That’s why I just encourage those who are interested in the raw diet to do what suits them best. The more raw you eat, the better you will feel. And, if you’re not 100 percent all the time, you’re probably still better off than before you started.

  4. Neeta says:

    Beautiful post, coming from beyond the mind….
    Your words resonate on all levels with their clarity and conviction…..
    Glad to discover you and your writing,

  5. Michelle says:

    Philip, thanks for this post!! It made me look at things very differently! And, the chocolate pecan pie sounds yummy! I shall attempt to make it today!
    Love ya

  6. suse says:

    Hi Philip- a tip on ‘working’ on being in the moment…play in it. It’s all ‘play’, framed in the innocence of forgiveness.
    Your blog is beyond wonderful and a gift to the world. A friend and I looked through your before and after pics, and your account of your journey. We both commented that ‘before’ you are beautiful and ‘after’ beautiful to- it’s a reminder than within each os, however we look, is the constant heart that shines it’s vibration through us. Raw can help us become more ‘true’- clear and healthy- which can only be great. At the same time I think it is also relevant for everyone to remember that, however they may seem to be or behave within their perception of self- they are already inherently beautiful. I find the same when I look at Angela Stokes- raw transformation just helps your inherent light shine more clearly. thanks! xx

  7. Happy New Year! Wishing you success and fun.

    Kristen’s Raw

  8. Mary says:

    Thanks Philip! I’ll ENJOY my steamed vegetables, instead of thinking about how they’re not raw 🙂

  9. Philip McCluskey says:

    The tacos were from Raw Food Real World. Pancakes, I have never made those. Chocolate pecan pie, I just made that up. I think the crust was pecans, coconut, dates, vanilla bean, and sea salt. Blend in food processor and mold into pie pan. Chocolate filling was avocados, cacao powder, and agave. Blend and spread over crust. Top with bananas or any fruit. Sorry, I don’t have the exact recipe as almost everything I make is on the fly. Experiment. If the filling isn’t chocolaty enough, add more, if its not sweet enough, add more agave. Enjoy!

  10. M. Fures says:

    Can you tell me where to find the recipes for the food you have pictured on your site–like tacos and chocolate pecan pie and those pancakes?

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