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Spiritual teachings often exhort us to Be Here-Now.
For example Eckhart Tolle's "Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have."
Indeed, I have articles on my website urging presence:-
Even the brain discards so many memories to survive, to stop us being overwhelmed.
However, one thing that is rarely explained is that the present is intricately interwoven with the past and future. As my Celtic Shaman teacher Ceridwen taught me, time is like a spiderweb.
If you were to be totally present (only aware of the centre of the web), you would not remember anything and suffer like Clive Wearing who is essentially imprisoned in the present. Apart from his wife and certain memories (like ability to still play piano), he can't remember more than a few seconds. The present has become an isolated disconnected point, the past a void, the future meaningless.
Another danger of being too here-now is that you believe you have no responsibilities. I believe you do have a responsibility: to love yourself and others as best you can.
So, there are things influencing the Here-Now from your past and your future.
So, perhaps take with you two understandings:-
Being Here-Now Quotes
Presence Not Presents
Presence Not Presence 2