Experiencing the Now

Poetic Beats

Welcome to this week’s Poetic Beats with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 15th January 2018 on Red Kite Radio.

In 1999, Eckhart Tolle wrote The Power of Now, a book from the spirituality genre that changed the way many people viewed how they lived their lives. In this episode of Poetic Beats we look at Davy D’s poem, Experiencing the Now, and hear how a chance meeting with a stranger in Central Park, New York, had a lasting effect on his life.

It you have difficulty listening to the programme, a text version of the poem is included after the sound bar.

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Experiencing the Now.

i thought about the moment

then it was gone

i tried again, same result.

before i knew it i was

racing down the High Street

screaming, begging

for one moment

to stop

so i

could feel

and experience

its beauty.

each day the pattern repeats

8am – yoga

and repeats

12pm – pilates

and repeats

4pm – mindfulness

and repeats

8pm – meditation


i’m exhausted


© Davy D 2018


Absolutely brilliant ! shame Howie was flummoxed as I would’ve liked to listen to that ‘run’ all morning, I suspect a phone in would have led the discussion to fascinating places. Although not a conscious decision, the shining light in my present situation is I’m living truer to myself, but what a guy Davy ! To give up all, I’m in awe of such folk.
Thank you for this Marra.

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    A pleasure Nigel and thank you for taking time out to listen and comment. To be fair to Howie we have to fit it all in the 15 minute slot which includes a record and some adverts. So it can sometimes feel rushed. The meeting with the guy in Central Park was one of those moments that is given to you. When things are getting off track it always pulls me back and makes me realise the things I need to be thankful for and, as you say, being true to yourself.

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Thank you for sharing , Davy. Love the experience.

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I always love and enjoy reading your poems Davy..and this one is just the same…brilliant ..

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I love your poem Davy and am fully with the belief in learning to live in the now. Eckhardt Tolle rates high with me and the first book of his I bought was “Silence Speaks” , a wonderful volume. I also have his Power of Now.” Silence Speaks” lives among my favourite books here.
“Power of Now” has a similar favoured spot at my retreat in Sweden.
I love the impact the man in the park made on you. I can well understand it .

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    Thank you Miriam for your kind words. I have not read Silence Speaks so will have to get a copy and read it. As I said to Nigel, the man in the park was one of those gifts that life gives you and it is something I reflect on regularly. There is a great energy and spirit about Central Park and I know why he ended up there.

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Love the way the pace changes from franetic activity to calming relaxation

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Excellent theme and poem, Davy! All of us can relate to this!

I love hearing about your encounter in Central Park. I would like to think that the man was there right then just to speak to you…to impact your life and future in a positive way. 🙂

Life can get us racing in several ways…especially our minds. So it is imperative that we schedule ways to slow down, breathe, think, meditate, focus, center, and smile. 🙂

HUGS!!! 🙂

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This fits in so well with my goal to read more non fiction Davy, and I have read Tolle many years ago, it will be a good book to go back to. listening to poetic beats I quickly looked for a quote I recall Tolle wrote, “Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” ― Eckhart Tolle. We all seem to either dwell on the past or dread the future, never living in the present. I am more of the former, I need to be present in the now. The universe is amazing right! it links us all up in the same stream of consciousness when we are still and listen to it’s whisper. I think I will be appreciating more of the now, now on. And your meeting with that man in Central Park, I always call this Serendipity, he was placed there and you at the exact same time to have an impact on each other. You will also never know how you influenced him, but believe that you have.

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I liked this so much I played it twice to really take it in with full focus. A soothing respite from the everyday hustle & bustle of life. A pleasure!

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I use mindfulness as a strategy for my anxiety. When I feel anxious I go hold a piece of ice or smell some rosemary to bring me back to the now. We must always remember we focus on a future that never arrives, the future can never be caught.

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Loved this so much!! That “Now” is such a slippery thing! Feels like I’m a kid playing Peek-A-Boo with Father Time and he’s just laughing at me! Bravo! Super post!

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haha yes! the blink of an eye!

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