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It Is Always Now

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It is always now I actually want to talk today about ... death Now, most of us do our best to not think about death but there's always part of our minds that knows this can't go on forever, part of us always knows that we're just a doctor's visit away, or a phone call away from being starkly reminded with the fact of our own mortality or of those closest to us Now I'm sure many of you in this room have experienced this in some form You must know how uncanny it is to suddenly be thrown out of the normal course of your life and just be given the full time job of not dying, or caring for someone who is but the one thing people tend to realize at moments like this is that they've wasted a lot of time, when life was normal It's not just what they did with their time, not just that they spent too much time working or compulsively checking email It's that they cared about the wrong things, they regret what they cared about Their attention was bound up in heady concerns that, year after year, when life was normal and this is a paradox of course because we all know this epiphany is coming Don't you know this is coming? Don't you know there is going to come a day when you'll be sick, or someone close to you will die, and you'll look back on the kinds of things that captured your attention and you'll ... What was I doing? You know this and yet, if you're like most people, you'll spend most of your time in life tacitly presuming you'll live forever. It's like watching a bad movie for the fourth time or bickering with your spouse This... These things only make sense in light of eternity There'd better be a heaven if we're going to waste our time like that There are ways to really live in the present moment What's the alternative? It is always now! However much you feel you may need to plan for the future, to anticipate it, to mitigate risks the reality of your life is now Now, this may sound trite but it's the truth It's not quite true as a matter of physics, in fact, there is no "now" that encompasses the entire universe, you can't talk about an event being simultaneously occurring here in one, at the same moment, occurring in Andromda The truth is, now is not even well defined as a matter of neurology as we know that inputs to the brain come at different moments and that consciousness is built upon layers of inputs whose timings have to be different Our conscious awareness of the present moment is, in some relevant sense, already a memory But as a matter of conscious experience the reality of your life is always now and I think this is a liberating truth about the nature of the human mind In fact, I think there's probably nothing more important to understand about your mind than that, if you want to be happy in this world The past is a memory it's a thought arising in the present The future is merely anticipated, it is another thought arising now What we truly have is this moment and this and this And we spend most of our lives forgetting this truth repudiating it, fleeing it, overlooking it and the horror is that we succeed we manage to never really connect with the present moment and find fulfilment there because we are continually hoping to become happy in the future and the future never arrives. even when we think we're in the present moment we're in very subtle ways always looking over its shoulder anticipating what's coming next We're always solving a problem and it's possible to simply drop your problem if only for a moment and enjoy whatever is true of your life in the present This is not a matter of new information or more information It requires a change in attitude It requires a change in the attentiveness you pay to your experience in the present moment.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 42 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 224
Posted by: graand on Jan 27, 2013

Sam Harris talk

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