Many Spiritual teachers emphasize on this principle of living in the here and now. So I am not presenting anything new. Yet we need to keep reminding ourselves, and asking why? “Why does my mind continue to wander into unwanted thoughts?”
The mind is a daydreaming machine; incessant thoughts are constantly ruminating on past knowledge and future problems. The present is existential; everything is happening as it should, yet the mind refuses to perceive the same. The level of consciousness represents the quality of awareness in each person, which as we know, is not physical. Hence it has no effect on the duration of time. There is only one moment in which the presence of everything or nothing exists.
This duration of awareness cannot be measured by chronological time. In reality, there is no past or future, only the presence of our attention, moment to moment. In spiritual terms, everything else is an illusion. It is in meditative awareness that we go beyond perception and experience timelessness. We need to observe each moment, as it exists, with complete attention, so that the mind is totally aware without thinking. We will then know that in the presence of any moment, time has no meaning.
Spiritualism provides us ways in a neutral manner, to break the barriers of time and enter the internal process of witnessing our mind. We simply transcend beyond the thoughts of past and future, living from one moment to the next. This process teaches us how to slow down the external perception of the mind, thereby living in meditative awareness, without any chronological order. The experience of meditation surpasses all other factors because we see everything in totality.
Mindfulness is an ongoing process of the mind which allows us to go beneath its periphery. It is that required duration in time without any measurement. This is one of the best ways to keep thoughts away from the sufferings of the past and uncertainties of the future. An ignorant mind is filled with desires and emotions, constantly obsessed and attached to self-interest. The training begins by watching attentively any situation as it arises and observing how our mind reacts to what it is experiencing.
Deep breathing and learning how to control our breath is another method of practising mindfulness. Once we become aware of our breathing rhythm, it relaxes us and silences the constant chatter of our thoughts. Thinking is uncontrollable and we can never be in a no-mind zone except when we are in deep sleep. We are always weighed down by past experiences and future uncertainties. Breathing right with awareness awakens us and enables us to handle any distractions in a tranquil manner, thus shaking off the clouds of emotions surrounding us.
Eventually when awakened, we become a witness to our own thoughts and regulate them accordingly. There is no greater spiritual experience than being in the here and now; we strongly need to practise, balance and control our thoughts to realize that state of serenity in our lives.