I have a hard time staying in the present. I spend a lot of time off in my imagination, thinking about who knows what. Sometimes it seems as if I’m on another planet. Mind chatter; maybe this is why I often feel incomplete and never at peace.
We are preoccupied with the past and the future, forgetting we can only feel at home when we are in the present. When we wake up in the present, we’re on intimate terms with life and our own spiritual nature.
When we don’t live in the present, we’re never in the only place that is real and solid. Instead we are lost in our mind and emotions, inattentive, preoccupied, and separated. We become absorbed by our thoughts, our problems, and our worries to the point that they are no longer external to us.
Not being in the present, even when the present is pleasurable, keeps us from living deeply and fully. We feel something is missing and the thing that is missing is us. Our body is here, our personality is here, but we are not here. We believe we’ll find time to be here, when we finish our accomplishments, our goals.
It is now and in this world that we must live.
- Andre Gide
Eternity’s true name is today.
Cite: Losing the Weight of the World: A Spiritual Diet to Nourish the Soul by Jonathan Kramer, and Diane Dunaway Kramer