Another reason to practice being present is that if you’re not, you’re going to miss shit. Shit that you do. Moreover, shit you say you don’t do. That you don’t want to do. That you’re immune to doing. That doesn’t represent who you are. And yet, there you are, doing just that or those things.
And wow then are you ever wide open to some rather hypocritical shit.*
If you say you are committed to learning and mindfulness and philosophy and being a great human being, and yet you don’t practice it, yet you do not want to hear about it when you’re not, yet you are not even willing to be present to when you are not being present, then you are, quite simply, lying.
* And I, for the record, am completely fascinated by our human capacity for hypocrisy. And I’m not being facetious here… I am genuinely fascinated that we can oh so easily flop around and speak out of both sides without even noticing it. And that’s the kicker; we can so easily, readily, unintentionally, and automatically do it and that we are pretty much always completely oblivious to the fact that we have even done it.
We can and will and do proclaim and defend and argue and run up the ramparts about something on the one hand and then – sometimes even almost immediately – do the same for something that is completely the opposite. And as above, this is even for things we say and vehemently assert that we hold fundamental to our core – beliefs, morals, theories, history, stories, ‘truths’, actions – they are all immensely and readably fungible at a moment’s notice.
Last week’s post is a prime way this can happen, but so too is this very much tied into our identities as well as various other things. They all engage our rationalizing engines such that what we – unless we develop our mindfulness and bring being present to bear – say and do shit that in the moment feels ancient and pure and rock solid yet is anything but, born of the moment and as nebulous as vapour. And in those moments, we undermine our authenticity, our integrity, our morality, our ideals, and our humanity.
As I said, I am fascinated by this capacity of ours… and inspired for when we, through mindfulness and being present and self-cultivation, interrupt it and instead create who we want to be, and live by our authentic, central, selves.