“Be Here Now”

Carol A. Hand


Let me be fully present here, in this moment

Focusing on opportunities to send out love and healing

Not frozen in yesterday’s hurts and disappointments

Not constrained by the bleakness of the surrounding landscape

Not controlled by the fear and chaos swirling about in other places

Not concerned about tomorrow’s uncertainty

I only have this moment,


to radiate peace and joy


Morning – March 7, 2017



For my beloved daughter who inspired these reflections…

Title drawn from the work of Baba Ram Dass (1971), Be Here Now.



About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.
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26 Responses to “Be Here Now”

  1. thejuicenut says:

    I read this book a long time ago and found it truly inspiring, as is your poem – and an apt reminder to me as I too am feeling the pressure of today’s (family) concerns and tomorrow’s uncertainty.

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  2. A most powerful and timely reminder. Thank you.

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  3. wolfegeo says:

    Beautiful. On a day where I felt everything was spinning out of control this helped to bring back much needed perspective. Thank you.

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  4. Truth. Stillness is a beautiful thing.

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  5. victorialise says:

    Beautiful and grounding. Thank you, Carol ~ Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

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  6. feralc4t says:

    No time to waste on regrets!

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  7. Sana Khan says:

    I think in our lives Stress takes away all the joy of today! It is beautiful refreshing poem to remind us to be happy in the present.

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  8. “Let me be fully present here, in radiance peace and joy.”
    What more need I add?

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  9. smilecalm says:

    wonderful encouragement, Carol!
    being here now
    with all its beauty
    & non-beauty,
    suggests personal
    & honest reckoning 🙂

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  10. Tiny says:

    Wonderful poem, Carol ❤

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Helen, and for the crucial work you do to heighten awareness about the wonder of life. ❤

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      • Tiny says:

        Thank you dear Carol. I am humbled. I am asking myself what else I can do to make people realize that we truly need to take care of Mother Earth – as She is taking care of us. Lots of darkness right now.

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        • Helen, you touch so many hearts and raise awareness with the beauty and love woven into your advocacy, photos and stories. But, as you point out, it’s not easy to hold hope in dark times when those in power prefer to remain deaf and blind to both beauty and suffering. Your work, though, gives me hope. ❤


  11. Annika Perry says:

    Wow, inspiring uplifting poem that calms my busy mind! The layout reflects the words perfectly with ‘now’ placed serenely by itself in the centre. I love how this has been written as a result of your daughter’s reflections,

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  12. Your words are comforting and beautiful. Thank you.

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