Where Are You

Is your body in one place and your mind in another? Wherever you are, be there, concentrate there. Do not allow your concentration to slip from your control.

In this day an age there is more than enough things to distract us and take us mentally away form where we are. The biggest thief is the telephone with all our social media apps. It seems there is always a notification coming in. Have you ever been out with friends and everyone is on their phones? It makes you wonder why we even bother getting together. The other thief is our nature to become too futuristic. See if you are always looking towards tomorrow you will end up missing out on today. Our education system has set us up to be prey to the future.

Right NOW is all you will every have in this life. The past and future are real illusions, they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. Alan Watts sums up my thoughts far better than I ever could so I will borrow from him.

“If happiness always depends on the future, we are chasing a will-o-the-wisp that ever eludes our grasp, until the future, and ourselves, vanish in the abyss of death.” “But tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present, since it is in the present and only in the present that you live. There is no other reality than present reality, so that, even if one were to live for endless ages, to live for the future would be to miss the point everlastingly.”

“When you went first to school, you went to kindergarten and in kindergarten, the idea was to push along so to get into first grade and then push along so that you could get into second-grade,third grade and so on, going up and up. And then you went to high school and this was a great transition in life and now the pressure is being put on you must get ahead you must go up the grades and finally be good enough to get to college. And then when you get to college, you're still going step by step, step by step, up to the great moment in which you're ready to go out into the world. And then when you get out into this famous world... Comes...the struggle for success in profession or business and again there seems to be a ladder before you something for which are reaching all the time. And then... Suddenly when are about forty or forty-five years old in the middle life you wake up one day and say.. Huh? I've arrived, and by Joe I feel pretty much the same as I've always felt, in fact I'm not so sure that I don’t feel a little bit cheated. Because you see you were fooled you always living for somewhere where you aren't. And while as I said it is of tremendous use for us, to be able look ahead in this way and to plan. There is no use planning for a future which when you get to it and it becomes a present, you won't be there you'll be living in some other future which hasn't yet arrived. And so in this way one is never able actually to inherit and enjoy the fruits of ones actions.. You can't live at all.. Unless you can live fully, Now.” ~ Alan Watts