|Calligraphy by Vietnamese Buddhist monk and author, Thich Nhat Hanh|
We spend so much of our mental energy and thinking mind focused on the past and the future. And yet we can, if we choose to, drop the thinking mind to be fully alive and experience the world, as it is, right here, right now. And only in the here and now.
This is really so. I find it is often easiest to experience this way of living when we are connected to the natural world, experiencing the animals, realizing the dance of life all around us, and seeing everything as interconnected (literally). It is Spring now as I am writing this, and to witness the rebirth of plants and trees and animals that had been dormant or hibernating -- is really awe-inspiring -- something you "feel" rather than "think about". Hence the connection with your body; itself an integral part of nature's unfolding.
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