The Eternal Import of the Present

Many things draw one’s attention away from what is immediately at hand, but there is never anything one must consider except what is presently in front of them. By practising yoga, I’ve discovered that one often involves and contorts one’s whole body in order to stretch one relatively small muscle or ligament. Similarly, the actions and events and knowledge gained from one’s life should always be concentrated upon the present moment, contorted and shifted and brought to bear down on this one unit of time, which is commonly perceived as being relatively small and even insignificant in comparison to the accumulated events from one’s past life, or the distant ideals of the future. Meditation helps correct this mistaken perception. One way it manages this is by training the individual to focus their mind toward apprehending those thoughts and notions which most powerfully affect their mental state most often (in their past, their present, and on to their future). An individual should harness these recurring thoughts, and covet them by raising them to a higher standard, for the simple fact that they arise in all situations. Everything else—meditation teaches you—is superfluous.

If one has meditated well by emptying their mind of everything but those simplest (or most persistent) objects and notions, one will gradually lay hold on the fundamental (and most personal) thoughts upon which all others are built (in their individual psyche). By understanding these most solid conceptions and by embracing them fully, one can proceed with conviction in all situations, as well as with a heightened awareness of the recurrent (and, we begin to suspect, timeless) import of the present—this, the eternal import of the present.

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