The Present

We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.

Alan Watts

I’ve just been stumbling (as I find myself doing most nights) and I came across this quote and this really made me think about the way that we view life. For example we are living mostly only thinking about the past, like the constant thoughts of things we have done that have been bad and effected us, and then on the other hand we also cannot stop thinking about the future whether its exams or work constantly thinking and worrying what we have to prepare for. As a result of this we fail to stop and just appreciate life as it is and most of the time we miss what is right in front of us which sometimes is amazing and beautiful.

My experience of this is regarding my exams and coursework at university, for example when I have finished one of my pieces of coursework I fail to stop and look at what I have achieved and all I can think about is the panic of the next piece of coursework that I must do. However I’ve learn that once I’ve finished if I just look at what I have done and rest I find that I feel a sense of confidence and achievement that motivates me to do my next piece as a pose to the usual stress.

I suppose I’m trying to say (in my long winded fashion) that maybe for just once a day we should all just try and stop what it is we are doing even if its for just 5 minutes and live in the moment, admire your surroundings and stop and appreciate where you are at the moment.

Thank you for reading

Mathew Lees


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