Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

If you have ever read anything by Eckhart Tolle you will know that his entire philosophy of The Power of Now comes from this single sentence.

This does not intend to negate all of the work that he did in his thoughts regarding this topic, but only to illustrate that the idea goes back for centuries.

The present is the only thing that exists. Nothing else is real.

The past is but memory traces and the future is but hopes, dreams and fears.

I learned this lesson late in life and have always ranked this lesson as one of the most important of all that I have ever encountered. Understanding that we are continuously living in the present is tremendously liberating if you enable your mind to appreciate the relevance of understanding this particular truism.

When I get moments of overwhelm in life, I regularly stop and ask myself what exactly is wrong right now? More often than not, my mind is racing with “what if’s?” about something in the future. The opportunity to still my mind, and thereby give me freedom as to my focus in the present, has been beyond worth its weight in gold.

In my career, having a mind that is continuously processing all of the variables in the immediate future is just part of the job. As a producer, you are continuously contemplating every single variable that could alter the course of your plans and expectations And you are continuously creating contingency plans.

As shared, I have chosen the mornings and the sunrise as my respite from all of this. I have been writing this particular musing while sitting here at this sunrise at the beach, watching all of this as it is coming to pass. Life is so very short, make every day count and stay in the present. It’s all there is❤️

Happy Saturday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!