It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.
To be a kid again… *sigh*
As I was playing catch outside with my dog, I observed how absolutely joyful he was in the present moment. Although I was glad to actually be outside, enjoying the sun, and watching him be happy, I realized that I was not so enthusiastic as he was. I was still thinking about the past and the future, about my responsibilities, etc. Basically, I was not really fully immersed in the moment as he was.
Why is that? Is it perhaps our loss of innocence that reduces this joy in regards to the simple things in life? Or, is it instead our lack of appreciation stemming from the push of society, dogma, into certain stressful ways of living? What if I could reduce the amount of responsibilities I have in order to be fully immersed in the present moment rather than constantly being distracted with thoughts of yesterday and, especially, thoughts of tomorrow? Or, is my loss of innocence forever gone, debilitating me from ever fully having fun while being mindful in the present moment?
Food for thought, really. I’m not quite sure, yet, how to answer that question, but my dog certainly does! I swear, my dog is a Buddhist.