“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.” Thich Nhat Hanh (PRONUNCIATION)
What do you think this famous Buddhist scholar is trying to tell us with this quote? If we really lived according to this statement, what would we do? How would we act? How would living by this philosophy change the way you do things?
The present moment presents more possibilities than we are even capable of realizing. Given that, we must commit ourselves to at least realizing the most that we can. Perhaps the large percentage of the brain that we do not use would allow us to realize the true potential of each moment... but if we never disciple ourselves for this task then we will never accomplish it. Tell me why it might be worth it. This question ultimately relates back to the essential in life: what do you really want out of this?