Getting up early. Keeping going when you’ve got no motivation.…
How much of your thinking is on the present moment? How…
If you ever catch yourself during the day feeling a bit…
Tomorrow is more important than next year, today is more important than tomorrow and right now is the most important part of today. Now is the only moment when you can experience the good stuff, the fruits of ego free presence: happiness, confidence, wisdom, love, peace and in any way be fully alive. You are in fact only ever in the now – but one part of you, a part that is a malfunctioning tool has taken over somewhat – your mind. The most recent part of the brain, which is far from perfect in its functioning, has taken over – sometimes we even believe it when it tells us that it is us; ‘I am my thoughts’ therefore ‘I am worried’, or ‘I am confused’.
Look at this diagram, where is your attention most of the time? If it is present it will be focused fully on a single thing (close your eyes and breath in and out focusing on where in your body you feel the passage of the breath most strongly), or it may be open; alert to everything that is present (sit still for a moment and bring your attention to the space you are in as fully as you can). Your attention can also be present with a combination of both of these and also a mixture of internal and external presence. (Focus on looking at one single object but bring your open attention to any sensations arising from the energy in your body.)
If your attention is anywhere other than the present it might be captured (by something past or future) or scattered (all over the place, not able to focus). The degree to which your mind isn’t present is the same degree to which you are missing out on the good stuff, the fruits of this moment, and replacing them with egoic mind patterns like worry, or anger. How this tool was supposed to be used was for practical, egoic free things like the occasional bit of logistical planning. We’re the only animal that can imagine the future the way we do but we’re not at all accurate with it. Ancient wisdom springs to mind: ‘Do not worry about tomorrow’ and the slightly more concerning ‘don’t spend all of your time worrying about life. If you do, the final day will suddenly catch you.’
Collaborative design and lean ux is taking over my workflow. I wonder if this is being taught to the next recruits?
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