“In life threatening emergency situations, the shift in consciousness from time to presence sometimes happens naturally. The personality that has a past and future momentarily recedes and is replaced by an intense conscious presence, very still but very alert at the same time. Whatever response is needed then arises out of that state of consciousness.
The reason why some people love to engage in dangerous activities, such as mountain climbing, car racing, and so on, although they may not be aware of it, is that it forces them into the Now—that intently alive state that is free of time, free of problems, free of thinking, free of the burden of the personality. Slipping away from the present moment even for a second may mean death. Unfortunately, they come to depend upon a particular activity to be in that state. But you don’t need to climb the north face of the Eiger. You can enter that state now.”
Eckhart Tolle, in “The Power of Now”
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