We are here and it is now. And if you happen to notice, the now is always new. Life creates itself newly in each nano-second of its happening. We’ve never been here before and we’ll never be here again as we are now. The newness of life is always surprising. We have no past experience. It’s just a memory. The future is a fantasy, a concoction of our minds, so it is in the now that life is new and surprising.
What will we experience in this new now moment? We don’t know. In the unknowing is a strange kind of excitement, almost like anxiety, because in truth, all the control that we think we have, that we think we know, we don’t actually have or know.
Life happens as it happens, as it does in this moment. We never know what our experience will be. So many possibilities are there. We could fall over dead in the next nano-second. So much for all our future plans—even what we were going to do this afternoon.
The wise human beings—let’s call them the ‘mature human beings’—experience and understand that being fully alive is very important, and that being fully alive is about being wakeful. It is about being awake within the now of life so that we don’t miss the experience that is happening now. We don’t know what will happen next and we don’t want to miss the experience of life here and now because we are lost in the fantasy of tomorrow.
Wakefulness is time-honored in all great wisdom traditions. So how can we live more fully? How can we be more fully alive and be present in each moment, and fully experience the experience of life that is happening?
The mystical metaphysical answer that is always given to this question is that if we are wakeful, if we are fully alive, only then do we experience the true nature of life. The true nature of life is joy so the happiness that we seek, the happiness that we intuitively know is our birthright, is only found in a wakeful moment. To be happy for no reason, to experience the joy of existence and the delight of life is only ever fully experienced in the here and now happening of life.
Investment in wakefulness becomes paramount because it is the true measure of our growth in life. Our evolution is our developmental self-awareness—our wakefulness. Wakefulness is proportional to our balance and our fulfillment is proportional to our wakefulness in life. Through wakefulness we will experience living life more fully.