The Mind: The Present Moment
(A Reminder to Myself)
Look at the big picture. Every moment is temporary. Clouds form and capture the mind’s attention as they travel past, only to inevitably disappear with the wind or evaporate into the air. The mind’s possibilities are endless. The stars the naked eye can see at night represent an insignificant glimpse into the unimaginably vast universe. Every moment will come and go, and how you spent this time is in your power of limitless choice. The only true reality exists in the present moment. Even if the mind wanders into the future or lingers into the past, the very thought itself still exists in the present. Thoughts of the past can induce regret and misery. Thoughts of the future can provoke anxiety and fear. It is important not live in these worlds created in the mind. These worlds are full of despair and doubt, sucking your life away in meaningless madness while time passes without the mind’s acknowledgement. The internal argument that arises is valid, and yes, thoughts of past joyful events, or excitement for an upcoming moment can bring happiness. It is important for the mind not to live in these worlds either. These worlds are ruled by the ego, as it desperately holds onto the past and attempts to control the future at the same time. Good things may happen to the ego-driven mind, but will go un-lived, as the mind will not be involved in the present, defeating the very purpose of life. The universe will do as it will, and keep moving as it always has. It is therefore absurd for the mind to attempt to change something that has already happened, or attempt to take command of something that has not yet happened. The mind can only take action in the present moment. If the present moment becomes the mind’s greatest priority, this in turn positively effects future moments. The mind’s approach to this reality of the present is of upmost importance. Learning to live in harmony with the universe from moment to moment presents the mind with its greatest challenge. Life’s experiences are full of both pleasurable and painful moments. To achieve harmony, the mind needs to learn to fully experience both ends of this continuum. The mind needs to appreciate and enjoy the “good” moments, while studying and learning from the “bad” moments. At this point, every moment will present the mind with an opportunity to grow and continue on the journey of life, remorse and worry free.