Everybody says you should live in the present
writes about the power of now
takes classes about living in the now
studies the now
concludes, the now is a gift – that’s why its called the present
advises, be mindful, be here, pay attention
tells the world – mindfulness is happiness
My philosophy class was talking about being present
So I asked why, what’s so special about the now
I can be happy elsewhere, maybe happier
Off in my head, unstoned, unaccused, free
maybe adventuring in the past
exploring in the future
changing things that happened
what’s so great about this now
If the present is so wonderful
it must have an intrinsic value
what is it, where can it be found?
I introduced silence into the now,
into the class.
I expected an easy answer,
but that’s not how practical philosophy works.
Socrates like –
a question begets a question, or usually questions
so be prepared,
if you’d rather be elsewhere,
don’t ask questions.
But the answers didn’t provide the answer,
talk of family,
all the positive things in the present,
provided no clue
as to the value,
why here rather than there,
why now rather than then.
Infidelity was raised,
an affair with an other, with a job, a hobby, another life,
Would you be present then?
The defining question,
the difference clarified,
the intrinsic value of the present is
So we have a choice,
an honest life
or a dishonest one.
Don’t seek happiness, an easy life,
and come to know yourself.
His Holiness Shantanand Saraswati was once asked,
what were the chief ways to purify the Intellect,
and he replied,
“Love the truth and leave the untruth, that is the cure”
Namaste my friends – stay honest