The Point of the Present Moment

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“I have met a lot of Zen Masters in my life; all of them cats.” Eckhart Tolle

It is easy to forget that our ancestors were naturally enlightened. It is only when our minds evolved to a certain point that we were able to conceptualize the past and future. Before then, the entire planet was populated with unwitting Buddha’s. Some might argue that we were no more than savage beasts, but the thought of something being “better” only exists when there is a species able to think it, and no matter how hard one tries, comparison will always be a subjective endeavor.

There is a huge misconception that spirituality means going backwards. You see many people trying to “get back to their roots”. The key word here is “trying”. There is nothing inherently spiritual about beating on drums in a park, or dancing around a fire. Both of these things can bring your consciousness back into the body, but if someone is doing them just because they are “spiritual”, it doesn’t matter how hard he pounds away, he will not be able to enjoy the experience. Likewise, if someone is giving their full attention to cleaning the kitchen, not only will their kitchen be efficiently cleaned, but he or she is likely to enjoy the experience, and even grow from it.

Your mind evolved to be powerful and complex to help you survive, not to make you happy. The present moment is so rich and full- infinitely so. The point of all your yoga, meditation, etc.. is to be able to push away the past and future when you desire, and fully immerse yourself in it.

The List:

  1. Bring awareness to unawareness. When you find yourself in an anxious state, instead of grasping at something external in hopes of centering yourself, look inward. Bring your attention to your feelings. Notice how your mind tells you that once you have _____ , then you will be okay. If you continue to observe this process, eventually your mind will settle, and you can freely move forward.
  2. Its always the present. Don’t let yourself get caught up with “being here now”. If you walk around constantly admonishing yourself for not being present, then you have missed the point. Whether you are sad, happy, angry, or enthused, its always now. Remember that and bring your attention to feeling. You can’t think yourself out of thinking. Don’t suppress your anger or even worse turn it inwards toward yourself. Bring your attention to it and feel it completely. Everything else will take care of itself.

 

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