Your greatest effort in life will be spent in the struggle to leave the past in the past, and to learn to cross the river of the future only when the time comes. To live in the present one needs to learn to steal oneself from the regrets of the past, and to save oneself from the worries of the future.
It’s from idleness that one loses oneself to the regrets of the past and worries of the future. To live in the present one needs something worthy to focus on. Something to do… as one’s inability to stay in the present is often a symptom of a lack of purpose. Find your purpose and there you will also find something worthy of staying present for.
It’s when you learn to find interest in the mundane, that presence of mind seizes to become a struggle, and finally becomes a given. We live in a time in which perpetual boredom is carried as a badge of honor. What we forget is that this same boredom we praise is nothing but a form of spiritual slavery. Slavery to the kind of master who in addition to making one perpetually unhappy, also lies in opposition to the kind of inner peace we all crave and seek for. You can get better at being present by learning to tolerate boredom. By freeing yourself from the shackles of perpetual stimulation.
The ability to stay present much like a muscle is something that needs training. The kind of thing that improves with practice, and that deteriorates with disuse. To get better at being present there is no better way than to try to be. To practice so hard and for long enough that the experience of time dilation is not the kind of thing one experiences when one experiences flow, because “flow” is the status quo. To try to be engaged now is more than just “the right thing to do”, but a gift to your future self.
Distractions are to the mind what sugar is to the body. Conscious and intentional attention are the vegetables, and the will to ignore the “sugar”, the much-needed exercise of the now weakened spirit.
It is all about knowledge and experience 😉
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