Timothy Leary’s advice to the Sixties counterculture—turn on, tune in, drop out—was actually a love note to Augustus Owsley Stanley. But what if your mission is to under-stimulate yourself? To turn off, tune out, drop in. To embrace a simple life. Where would you start?
The door to the heart opens on the realization that the ground of our being, the essence of who we are, is formless. All else is congealed energy. “Our bodies are like prisons,” said Einstein, “and I look forward to be free, but I don’t speculate on what will happen to me. I live here now, and my responsibility is in this world now.”
My plan is to stay in the present moment as much as possible.
We are where we’re supposed to be. Right here. Right now. No exceptions.
Some of us have a tendency to hold forth, to speechify. Awareness of this stops it. But the awareness must be right there, in the moment of loquacity.