Saturday, January 31, 2015

Saturday with Alan Watts - Live in the Moment

“We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.” 
- Alan W. Watts

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you're all enjoying your weekend.

Today I want to share with you the excerpt from Alan Watts lecture which I find very powerful and thought provoking.

We are born into this society, we grow up and go through our lives often not questioning why things are the way that they are.

Our whole lives we are working towards the future.  First we work towards first grade, then the second, then we're working towards high school, then the college, university and grad school. When we finally join the real world and get a job, we begin working towards professional success, our first house, then the bigger house, better car , bigger TV, etc.

It never ends.

Our lives on this beautiful rock are set up in such way that we rarely fully enjoy the present. We rarely appreciate what we already have and always strive for something better, something in the distance, something that once we get to it, will make us feel happier.

Only it never does. By the time we complete our goal, another one pops out on the horizon and the whole cycle begins anew.

Honestly, it's mind blowing to come to this realization. When I look back at my life I see it so clearly. My whole life used to be focused on the future and the pursuit of happiness never realizing that happiness was all around me if I only took my time to slow down and see it.

You see, life has no great purpose.  The purpose of life is to live.  Now.  Not tomorrow and not thirty years from now when you pay off your mortgage.  Life is now.  And it's beautiful.  Don't miss another moment of it.

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