What Are You Doing Over There?
I believe that the growth of the internet and social media has been extremely detrimental to our ability to be fully present. Through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and all other things alike we are able to be physically in one place and mentally submerged in another by simply scrolling down a timeline of some sort. All in all this isn't such a bad thing. I mean the internet gives us the ability to always be connected to people, places and things no matter the distance that separates us. But through my experiences I know that this kind of mental teleportation has crippled our capability to "Be Here."
Being Here is the idea that we are completely indulged in the NOW. If you genuinely think about it, all that exist is Now, all that you can control is Now and all that you can change is Now. So why do we spend so much time living in the unchangeable past or the non existing future? Why do we spend so much time living somewhere else other than Here? So I ask you, what are you doing over there? What are you holding on to? What are you wishing and expecting to happen?
Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, once said, "If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." With that being said, it is time to accept all that IS for what it IS and let go of all that we expected things to be. It is time to Be Here, for there is no better place to be!