Wednesday, March 18, 2009

How To Recognize Reality

Living in the present moment requires that you experience the immediate reality that’s right under your nose.  Any striving to create that reality is vain and, ultimately, self-defeating.  The need to live in the present moment sounds obvious because it is, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. 

For a taste of living right here, right now, try this: Find a comfortable place where you can sit undisturbed for five full minutes.  Then, simply watch your breath going in and out.  Follow it as it gently flows in your nose and then out of your mouth.  When your mind wanders, gently bring your attention back to your breathing.  It sounds simple, but it can be devilishly difficult to do.  However, establishing this kind of practice is extremely valuable,  because it’s the best way to begin to recognize reality as it unfolds moment to moment, unencumbered by the noise of thinking.  Eventually, you’ll come to treasure each instant—that moment where we must all live, all the time.

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