This is a hard sell in a culture where the answer to every problem is more. But consider: Our basic biological needs are few, modest and easily met. If we have more than we need, we have too much. Craving sensory stimulation, we chase more and better experiences—more of what we don’t need. Craving is slaving. Every form of wanting, every anticipation, alienates us from the beauty and power of the inexhaustible now. Jesus to the cultivated rich kid: “Sell everything, give it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven.” Which is nowhere other than now.
One has what he wants. The other doesn’t want what he doesn’t have.
Are you waiting for something to happen? Stop waiting. Waiting is dying.
We return to ourselves when we come back to the present moment. When we’re unshackled from memory and anticipation.
Take the direct route to happiness: Drop all concern with past and future.