Lately I am interested in the idea of presence or being aware of the present. Often times we get so focused on a goal or a destination that we are living, in our minds, entirely in the future. Then because we aren’t there we start to analyze the past.
Why aren’t we there yet? What did I do that kept me from being there?
Then when we get there we aren’t actually there. Yes, our body is there but our mind isn’t. We already looking forward and backward focused on the next place.
“I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.” - Alan Watts
Destination implies somewhere you must go or a goal that you must reach. But to realize that you’ll always be on the journey, in the present, will allow you to have joy now where you are, not in the future which will never come.
The destination is an illusion, the journey is all that exists.