Ram Dass - Why Living in The Present is an Optimal State

Why #Living in The #Present is the Optimal Mindset by Ram Dass

A recent video by Tragedy & Hope features grounding reflections on the importance of living in the present moment by Ram Dass.

Any memory you’ve held on to,
of the high moment in your life,
is keeping you from this moment.
If not here, then nowhere.
This isn’t preparation for later.
You’re not collecting this for somewhere else.
This is what it’s about:
right this second.
Everything you’ve learned in life,
what you ate for breakfast, all of it...
is preparation in this moment here, right now.
This is it.
This is it.
If you’re in the present moment,
that’s the best preparation you can do for
being in the future.
For whatever the future will hold,
if you’re living right here consciously,
that’s the optimum
strategy for preparing for the future.
Because if I say to you “the world is going to end,”
I just have information.
What are you going to do?
Go to the toilet?
Call home?
You’re gonna pray?
Because everything you have been up to this moment,
something about Gandhi and the railway station...
“My life is my message.”
That was his message:
“My life is my message.”
Whatever you are this moment has to be ready to die and ready to live.
And if you’re not, you get on with it,
because that’s the only thing you can do
for however the world comes out.
— Ram Dass

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This post was lovingly crafted by Josiah Hultgren. He is Founder/CEO of MindFullyAlive, a Senior Lecturer at California Lutheran University, a cognitive coach, and a practical neuroscience expert. He produces and curates mindfulness content designed to improve structure and functioning of the brain.