Always Here and Now.

I hear you are agitated about not being in the present moment.

Where else could you have been? Where are you right now? Aren't you always here and now?

You say that you are agitated about not being in the present moment. That throughout the day you could feel a sense of anxiety about being too preoccupied with what is going on.

The anxiety was present, were you the anxiety? No. Then what were you?

You were the one aware of the anxiety. Where is the problem in that awareness? What happens if anxiety is seen and that it is also seen that you are not the anxiety since anxiety can be seen? If these two things are seen, where is the problem in that?

Anything that you can see is not you.

Let's go back to the beginning.

You said you were agitated about not being in the present moment. Where else could you be?

The only problem at that moment was that you turned what you were witnessing- the agitation- into something you were identified with ("I am agitated"). You weren't resting as yourself - the noticer of the agitation. You put yourself into the game. The mind grabbed a hold of that and then began to put more thoughts into your head such as "You shouldn't be agitated. Why are you so agitated? Oh no, you're not in the present moment. Your practice has failed."

All of these are just thoughts. Not something to hold on to. They can simply be witnessed and you will simply see that you can never be any where else other than in the present. If you believe the mind, you appear lost. But you are always here! Always now As awareness and not as what occurs in awareness, be they sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch, thoughts, or emotions.

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