Space, Time, Here and Now
past is gone; the future has not yet arrived. “Live the present! Flow with
life!” claim many personal growth prophets. Such recommendations make sense,
don’t they? But what a piece of useless advice! As much as we try, it is not
possible to fasten us to our 'now' or to flow on purpose around our 'here'. Is
there a way to attain such attractive qualities?
issue is complicated, mmm... Correction, it is rather simple but we have made
it difficult. The problem does not seem related with our body, which is always
here; instead the issue is with the super-restless mind that roams around
everywhere. Our brain constructs time –past, present, and future; yesterday,
today, tomorrow– as a survival mechanism for the whole body.
time depends upon our mind, space is the actual territory where the body moves
around. But, since the mind is a function of the brain and this is an organ of
the body, the mind-body dichotomy results inappropriate. This is the root of
the problem. If we integrate body and
mind, or better yet, if we realize that mind and body are one indivisible
entity... Such entity, as a whole, will flow.
present resides in the whole body, where we perceive our sensations, and that
includes the brain where mental states manifest. What do we have to do to be in
the present? We must stay tuned to three items: to the motions and postures of
the body (fast, slow, uncomfortable, comfortable...), to our sensations
(pleasant, unpleasant, neutral...) and to our mental states (focused, disperse,
biased, impartial, happy, sad...). Being in the now is looking inwards, not
poking about outwards.
perception of the now may be exercised through permanent mindfulness. As we
observe our distracted mind, we are taking it down to earth, even if
distractions are sorrows from yesterday or illusions for tomorrow. If the mind
runs away, regardless direction or timing, the observation of the flight
happens here and now.
in the present has much more to do with being attentive to what is distracting
us than with trying to chain us to the here and now. If we feel greed or envy,
we look at the experience of the unwarranted cravings. If we feel gluttony or
lust, we notice how these are manifesting in our body. What happens to us in
the very second that is happening, in the next one, and the one that follows,
such is the instant experience, the one we are just going through. We will
never enjoy what we already have, if we are yearning for what we lack.
a further aid, the silent and impartial observation of our breath is an
excellent exercise that reinforces the faculty of attention, and a viable
alternative that lands us in the now. Being aware can only happen in the
recommendations easy to follow? Easy to understand, yes. Its permanent application,
however, demands much patience and dedication. Mindfulness meditation is an
intensive exercise to appease our ramblings and, yet, while we meditate, our
mind may run away... Sometimes we don't even realize where to it has flown or
for how long it has been gone. These unwilling escapes are nothing else but
good reasons for perseverance.
By being mindful of
our body, our sensations and our mental states, our mind stays in real time.
When this happens, our life flows spontaneously. It is impossible to flow on
purpose by avoiding the present. We cannot float upstream. Cravings and
aversions take us out of the calm waters where we may just drift on and let go.
Being here and now is more about being aware of the distractions that are
scattering our mind than on fastening the present moment down through extreme
Author de ‘INNER HARMONY trough
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