On Being Present #1 - Your Choice
I write about 4 categories: innovation, entrepreneurship, local art (and local artists), and this fourth category: being “present” - a small window into how I view the world. I hope that the posts in this category provoke reflections and insights in your own lives. Let’s start.
“The present moment is always here.
The present moment is never here.
Sometimes I see the present as a fleeting, ungraspable wisp of time. How can I be in the present, when by the time I think to do that it is gone? My time view can be as small as minutes or seconds, but never “now” because now is infinitely small.
Sometimes I see the present as always here. It is always the present, whenever I look and whatever i see. The present goes on infinitely. It is never not the present. The past and the future are just mental constructs of a series (or expected series) of nows. They are the ones which are never here.
When I am being present, I feel and experience the world differently. It is more robust, more tasty, more thrilling, more vibrant. I am alive. I feel the music. I feel the art. I walk in it. I am a part of the world, and I experience me as a part of it.
When I am not being present, I feel like an observer to my own life, to my own world. It is sterile and lacks life. I hear the music, but i don’t feel it. I see the art, but i don’t feel it. I feel apart from the world. An outsider to my own life.
I choose to be present.