Every philosophical tradition begins with learning to be present. Learning to be mindful of the current moment.
Even for the Jedi. As Yoda said of Luke in The Empire Strikes Back: “All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing.”
Being present is learning to be with the way things are. Truly are. Learning to distinguish our thoughts and feelings and emotions about events, both now and past, from how the events actually are or were. Without adding interpretation or story. And this can be tough. Very tough. Because we are so accustomed to, so familiar with, so entrenched in our automatic assessments that we don’t even realize we are making assessments. We instantly collapse our conclusions with that which is accurately in front of us in physical reality, and we so with such intensity that we then go through life relating to the conclusion as though it was reality.
We let those instant and automatic conclusions rule us.
Being present is learning to differentiate between what’s so (what’s brutally, actually so) and all our judgement, assessments, stories, and interpretations about what’s so.
Once we can stand there, we gain peace of mind. Once we can stand there, we can then act from a place of choice and creation that arises from deep within our authentic selves. Rather than being hemmed in and restricted by the frame of our views we explode the frame to open new realms of possibilities. Transformation is now in reach.
Every philosophical tradition begins with learning to be present.