There Are Only Two Days In The Year That Nothing Can Be Done.

Buddha and the early philosophers identified the present as the only reality. Twenty five centuries later as philosophers like the Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, and others arrived it became known as the Now.

As one is able to take a step back from one’s daily routine, one recognizes that of course they are correct. The past does not exist. Yesterday does not exist. It is just memory traces and remembrances and feelings that are residual from moments gone by.

And of course, for that matter, the future does not exist either. The future is made up of hopes, dreams, fears, anxiety, wishes and apprehensions. There is nothing that can be done in the future. One can plan for something to be done in the future, but one cannot actually do anything ever, except in the present.

This has proven to be one of the most valuable lessons I have ever learned. It is so simple, yet so elusive even when you know it.

I wrote the word, NOW, and pasted it on the outside edge of my computer screen as a pneumonic device to keep my brain in the current moment when thoughts and fears and concerns and dreams were overtaking my ability to perform in the current moment.

There is nothing more powerful than the present. And once you embrace that reality as de facto, you are able to watch your brain and when your brain starts to spin out of control, come right back into the present, calm the mind and resume productivity. It’s really that simple. And it’s really that complicated. My brain loves to disappear into dreams and thoughts and the inventive nature of my being gets so overwhelming, that often times trying to stay rooted in the moment takes discipline and focus. For these reasons, I have found these simple practices to be among the most valuable in my arsenal of acquired knowledge.

I was fortunate to meet the Dalai Lama at a birthday party that was held for him on July 4 a couple years ago. He was one of the most intelligent and resonant human beings I have ever been around. His teachings and his thoughts are immortal and certainly worthy of your exploration.

I hope you have an outstanding Thursday!!

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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!