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Living in the Moment

Rabbi Harvey Belovski examines the benefits of living in the moment, highlighting the importance of accepting and understanding the unpredictable nature of the future.

Rabbi Harvey Belovski examines the benefits of living in the moment and concentrating on the needs of the now. He highlights the importance of accepting and understanding the future’s unpredictable nature.

Harvey considers the value of mindfulness as a way of encouraging people to pay attention to the present, reducing stress and improving mental wellbeing. He explains that spirituality is often misperceived as venerating the past, or aspiring towards the future. While it’s important to do so, identity and meaning can also be found in the present.

Harvey reads a prayer that imagines God reviewing the performance of every human being. The prayer has a simple and plaintive message: no-one knows whether they will be alive this time tomorrow, let alone further into the future. The importance of appreciating the present, then, becomes clear. According to legend, the prayer was written by Rabbi Amnon, who composed it as he lay dying, having been tortured for his refusal to abandon his faith.

Rabbi Harvey also considers the relationship between living in the moment and caring for one’s self. While it’s important to be fully present for others, what’s more important, according to Harvey is to attend to one’s own needs. This in turn leads to being better at living in the moment for others.

Presenter: Harvey Belovski
Producer: Oliver Seymour
A TBI production for BBC Radio 4

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28 minutes

Last on

Sun 29 Sep 2019 06:05

Music Played

  • Taylor Davis

    From Past To Present (From “Skyrim”)

    • The Anime and Game Collection.
    • Taylor Davis.
  • Mindfulness Mediations, Mindfulness

    Peace Of Mind

    • Best Meditation Music - 30 Tracks for Mindfulness Meditations.
    • Green New Age.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata No.14 in C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 - “Moonlight”: 1. Adagio sostenuto

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata (Classical FM: The Full Works).
    • Decca.
  • Leonard Cohen

    Who By Fire

    • New Skin For The Old Ceremony.
    • Sony Music Entertainment.
  • Shlomo Katz

    A Moment Of Humility

    • The King Shall Rejoice.
    • Shlomo Katz.
  • Édith Piaf

    Non, je ne regrettes rien

    • The Best Of Edith Piaf.
    • Parlophone Records.
  • Jason Mraz

    Living In The Moment

    • Love Is A Four Letter Word.
    • Atlantic.


Title: “Do Not Dwell In The Past”

Author: Attributed to the Buddha


Title: Majjhima Nikaya

Author: The Buddha and his disciples


Title: Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: Random House Group


Title: Leisure

Author: W.H. Davies

Publisher:  Random House Group


Title: Four Arguments For The Elimination of Television

Author: Jerry Mander

Publisher: HarperCollins


Title: Genesis, 21:14

Author: Translation adapted by Harvey Belovski



Title: Rashi on Genesis 21:17

Author: Translation adapted by Harvey Belovski





Title: Madregat Ha-Adam

Author: Yosef Yozel Horowitz

Title: Unetanneh Tokef

Author: Attributed to Rabbi Amnon


Title: Chapters of the Fathers

Author: Attributed to Hillel the Elder


Title: Michtav Me'Elyahu

Author: Rabbi E.E Dessler

Publisher:  Feldheim Publishers



Title: Winnie-the-Pooh

Author: A.A. Milne

Publisher:  Methuen & Co. Ltd.


Title: Journal of Henry David Thoreau  

Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher:  NYRB Classics


 Title: Forever - is composed of Nows

Author: Emily Dickinson

Today’s programme was presented by Rabbi Harvey Belovski

The producer was Oliver Seymour