Tuesday, October 7

clearing concepts

in talking about keeping attention in the present, the question follows: how do i do this in my everyday life?

when the habitually wandering attention is brought back Here, and it is clear that This is all there is, mind immediately projects a future scene in which this can't be done. or goes to past scenes in which this was difficult to do.

i get this now, but what about later?
i can't do this every second?
i try to do this, but it's hard to remember.
okay i see this, but what about in my everyday life?
what about when i'm with the kids?
what about when i'm with family how do i stay present with them?
how do i stray present when i'm with my friends?

immediately a sequence of scenes are imagined, and called "my everyday life."

immediately mind projects future scenarios or recollects memories. and it is with these totally mentally constructed images that the questions now come.

the pointing is always this: there is no everyday life. this is a concept that is being believed in. look at the very idea of "everyday life." what is this? look at it. right from where you sit, yesterday, tomorrow, and what is seen as "my everyday life" is totally and absolutely a psychic projection.

you sit here right now, right where you breathe, and imagine the very scenes you twist over. you twist over your imagination.

you're never not Here. attention wanders into the field of mental concepts, but that they are all just concepts is the beginning and the end.

there is no tomorrow to practice for. there is no everyday life to remember this for. it has nothing to do with memory-work. it is actually withdrawing attention from all of these mental tendencies...these practiced concepts of "tomorrow" "everyday" and the rest.

and that's what they all are. practiced concepts. a mode of thought you have repeatedly entertained. but look at them and locate them. sitting where you are, right where you are, locate these things. find them. put your finger on them.

there is just here. there is just now. recognize that all questions of "tomorrow" "later" come only when the very mind that asks first projects these imagined scenes. the mind projects these imaginary future moments and then asks and worries about what to do in these imaginary scenes. but even this imagining is arising Here. Now.

withdraw attention from such images and find out...are these scenes here right now in any way other than mental imagination? are these questions here in the absence of the arising thoughts? is what i'm seeing as everyday life, is the sequence of scenes i see as my everyday life here in this immediate moment?

the practiced mental tendencies make it appear as though Presence is something that you move in and out of. look closely. for this is not so.

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