Sunday, March 02, 2008

How to be enlightened in $45 or less

There's a story that Pema Chodron tells that involves a very ambitious woman who seeks enlightenment. I will paraphrase it for you here. And now.

So, this very ambitious lady goes out into the world, seeking enlightenment. She searches and searches and finally reaches the supposed source of all enlightenment, the one who can point the way for her (the "guru", if you will). I believe she finds the guru in a cave. But that's not really important to the story.

Anyway, the ambitious seeker lady stands before the guru and begs for it. Enlightenment, that is.

"You sure that's what you want?" asks the guru.

"Yes!" cries the ambitious seeker lady.

"Absolutely sure? " queries the guru again.

"Seriously, dude. Enlighten me," says the lady.

"Well, if it's what you really really want..." the guru says.

"Please...please...just...please! Enlighten me!" cries the lady in exasperation.

"Well, alrighty then. Just remember...YOU asked for this," says the guru.

And with that, a terrible, fearsome monster appears before the lady, screeching at the top of its lungs, "NOW!" And in another moment, "NOW!" And then, "NOW!" And the screeching monster follows the lady around forever. Reminding her of the present moment. Every moment. Forever. Now.

But I just discovered...there is a far, far better way. It involves no snarky gurus and no screeching monsters. And the funniest thing is that I discovered it in my own small Northern Westchester town: the NOW watch.

How clever is THAT?



DebPC said...

The time is now. Didja buy it?

Yoga Chickie said...

I wanted to, but the store was having a problem with their register at the time. It's just in town, so I probably will. It just so happens that my Chopard is broken yet seems to be the time, really.

BeBe said...

Sounds like Oprah's new bookclub selection. Maybe people will mistake you for an Oprah fan if you wear it.

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