Every Now and Zen

On the Nature of Being and Becoming

Non-Fiction - Self Help
74 Pages
Reviewed on 01/19/2019
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Author Biography

About the Author
Ronald Steven Kaplan

Born in Hollywood, grew up in Los Angeles, and made his home in Santa Cruz, California after attending UCSC where the genesis of this book occurred. Singer and Actor out on loan, President of Independent Record label Kapland Records, Executive Director of American Songbook Preservation Society, Husband and Father. Retired Business Professional, former Songwriter, first time Author. This work is an artifact of a lifetime of perception and accumulated wisdom.

In the spirit of leaving an anecdotal artifact of personal existence bequeathed to posterity, Every Now and Zen represents the fruits of explorations into the nature of being and becoming. Drawing from personal experiential revelations, percolating and formulating over the course of the past four decades; with excursions into consciousness, mysticism, Eastern philosophy, Western psychology, observation of self and human behavior, psychotropic and transformative learning, with an approach to becoming a whole person; and in discussions with others on such topics as examined within this book coinciding with his own spiritual and emotional emergence of personality and the mind as an ongoing meditation in the experience of humanness, with observation and inquiry as to the nature of being and consciousness.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Every Now and Zen: On the Nature of Being and Becoming is a nonfiction, motivational self-help book written by Ronald Steven Kaplan. In his introduction, the author attributes the inspiration for this book to a decades-old memory of a book whose title still remained with him. The book was by Ram Dass, and it’s title is Be Here Now. It was a book he hadn’t read back then, but which resonated with him nonetheless. He actually came upon the title once more after completing this book and was surprised and pleased by the message it contained. Kaplan’s book was conceived during his daily walks. As he pondered his experiences, he found words to give expression to them and images that further worked to convey his thoughts. Many may be familiar to readers as being those amazing Hubble telescope images of the universe and the cosmic mysteries beyond. Others show nature in its splendor and complexity. Still others map the galaxies found within the human body and nestled within a drop of water. Kaplan offers the reader a challenge and a passage for growth in the “Exercises for becoming present” he describes at the end of his book.

Every Now and Zen is a visual and metaphysical feast for the senses and the soul. As an artist and photographer, I was enthralled by the images Kaplan uses in his book and marvelled at the crispness and clarity of each photograph. Each image pops from the screen and seems to embody the words that accompany it, the two synergistically becoming a complete and living whole. As I write this review, I’m looking at a randomly selected image, one of a flying fish airborne over a vast blue and moving sea, the sun reflecting on its infinite wavelets and currents. You can trace the zigzag efforts made by the fish in its drive to launch itself up, up into the air, wings outspread, the diminishing pull of gravity and the ocean only barely present in the few drops that tie its tail to the ocean’s surface. The accompanying message speaks of moving forward. As with so many images and words in this book, it is unforgettable, lovely and filled with insight and inspiration. Every Now and Zen: On the Nature of Being and Becoming is most highly recommended.