Life is like a 'Movie'. A movie that most people's ego's simply wont allow them to sit still long enough to enjoy. Sufferers of this 'dormant mindset' live in a prison of perpetual movement within the limited walls of their conceptual minds. As life unfolds they are always mentally some where else, and as a result they completely overlook the value of the current moment. Their bodies may be counted amongst the living but their minds aimlessly wander from one scattered thought to the next. They roam the earth lost and blind to the underlying eternal stillness that is their true nature. For the sufferers of this self inflicted mental state, the present moment is perceived to be more as a boring burden that separates them from their desired futures. Futures which they believe to be vastly superior and far more exciting than the current moments manifestation. They wait in angst, suspended in limbo, never shaking the constant itch to be somewhere else, anywhere else but here. Try as they may to get to their imagined future, the inherent conflict lies in the fact that the 'future' can only be experienced as but another manifestation of this eternally enduring and singular 'moment', the hinge on which both time and space are affixed to. You. Essentially, in the 'moment' they seek the future, but since the 'future' can only ever be experienced as another 'right now', and not being able to deal with the 'moment' is the root of the original dilemma, they are continually pursuing a problem that has no solution. Knowing only this way of thinking, they continue to pursue their knee jerk response of dreaming ahead in time. They continue to move through life placing no value what so ever on the moment at hand. The moment continues to only be used as the staging ground for reminiscing about the past and lusting after what they believe should take place or be acquired in their whimsical idea of a perfect future. This day dreaming is a mental refuge of sorts from the moments reality, of witch they detest so much. They cling tight to the idea of salvation in a future place and time. It is disheartening to see our brothers ensnared in such a manner, yet it is they who actively choose to live in this never ending prison of thought.
The underlying folly of this whole disposition can be summed as follows... If you spend every waking moment dreaming up and romanticizing desirable future scenarios, you build up preferences and expectations of what you would prefer to happen. You impose your expectations on the moment and life can't unfold organically. This resistance to life is the source of suffering. So inevitably in the course of time as life occurs in a sharp contradiction to the preferred 'script' your ego has crafted, you end up spending the whole movie or 'life' frustrated at what the screen is displaying. Comparing your mental movie to the reality of what is truly at hand. Mentally vacant, the subscribers to this mode of thinking lack an accurate and untainted account of the movie or 'life' as it truly is. It's as if they are simultaneously trying to watch 'Romeo and Juliet' for the first time while writing their own version. This inevitably sets one up for perpetual disappointment. It is tantamount to driving somewhere while deep in thought, and upon arrival to the destination having absolutely no recollection of driving there. The ego despises the moment, and with its promise of a better future convinces them to live there lives in an 'auto pilot' like daze, so as to give the ego a space to fetter away in its endless thought loops. It knows its window of time is short lived so it seeks to hijack every remaining moment. This mental dysfunction is a hollow disposition that will inevitably reach its conclusion in the death of a physical form that never truly 'lived', never stopped to rise above the perpetual mental noise 'within' to see the 'external' world as it truly is. The endless string of petty worries within their minds never allowed them to ever fully accept things as they were. They never saw the inherent beauty and splendor of this world in its multitude of ever changing forms. Never letting go, always resisting, straining and struggling to exert every exhausted muscle to gain but a single inch swimming upstream. They never surrendered and learned to accept the natural flow of the universe. This is surely no way to live. By the very definition of repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result it is nothing short of insanity. Don't be this person. You have the power to tame your mind, the power to turn it into the useful servant it was intended to be. Transcend the mind. Don't allow it to indoctrinate you with its unceasing belief that it is in opposition to everyone and everything, for it only exists within the illusion of duality and separation and can only see in terms of this falsehood. The absolute truth of the matter is that all is 'One', forever entangled. The ego knows its time on the throne is short and entirely dependent on the King's slumber. Be aware of the egos craftiness, watch for it, and know that its stealthy possession will creep in unnoticed the very instant you drop your guard. Remain awake and vigilant. The ego is the complainer, it will insist that peace and stillness are useless and boring, and that drama and motion are far more exciting. Remember the source of suffering is the minds resistance to what is, no mind, no problem.
Time rhythmically moves through us in waves of highs and lows. But there is a way to narrow the gap between these highs and lows of life. Instead of perpetually trying to escape the moment, learn to silence the mind and to accept each and every moment for what it is, as it is. Nothing more, nothing less. If you can never escape the moment, why persist in the madness of trying to escape it? Stop inflicting useless torture and suffering upon yourself.
It is important to know and never forget that both happiness and sadness are fleeting commodities, they both will come and go. However, it is entirely possible for inner peace to remain constant in spite of the ever shifting external parameters of life. For the world is neither a happy place, nor a sad place. It is both. As they are but the two poles of the same singular phenomenon. True inner peace is not dependent on a positional degree upon that pole, or trying to get closer to a favorable side. For true inner peace and nirvana arise internally from the eternal. Life is that eternity. Time and Space are the illusion, life is the reality. So just take a deep breath, silence the mind, and try to relax and enjoy the movie!