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Tomorrow Never Comes
Tomorrow Never Comes, nothing ever happened in the past and nothing will ever happen in the future, . When you were born…it was now.
You weren’t born then, the doctor didn’t write down on you medical record that you were born back then…it was now. When I die it will be now, it won’t be then either. it is always now and now is all there ever is. It is always now, everything happens now. Our trouble it seems is that we try to live life in a linear fashion, with a past and a future. the body seems to live in a linear timeline, birth, life, death. This sounds logical and real, yet, it is always now in those moments as well. The difficulty arises when we’ll either relive a memory (good or bad) or spend mind fuel imagining something that might happen (also good or bad). We completely miss the present, the NOW and since that is all there ever is, we miss life.
In moments sublime we are totally present and in those moments often we make a memory, we have an experience that we lock onto. In our minds this becomes an anchor, a point of reference. We then begin to measure our life in relation to that moment. Have you ever heard someone say “well back in my day, we did it differently”. This is an example of a mental anchor, we then build and base our lives off of these points in time.
In the beginning of a life we are given instruction and history.
We are told of our families past, accomplishments, failures, health, wealth, education… This unknowingly becomes our programming, a form of predestination. We are born into our place of life. Tomorrow Never Comes, yet knowing where I come from stands a very strong chance of determining where I am heading. Often times we accept this as a blessing or a curse. Blue-blood and entitlement, Ivy league, pomp and prestige. Poverty, need, also entitlement, drugs and crime.
We are told of the family alcoholic and our propensity towards that life. We are given medical history and how cancer or diabetes run in our veins. All of this is given us without our permission or understanding that this is building our destination.
We then set out with our life map and either go where we’re told or make a proclamation, “I won’t go there”. Never understanding that here, right now is all we ever are and Tomorrow Never Comes
The idea of tomorrow is the father of anxiety,
it is where dread lives or anticipation waits. It’s not real, tomorrow never comes. We’ve all heard that and yet, we wait. We hope for tomorrow or we dread it. Hope always sounded like a good thing to me, like a positive outlook on life…I hope you have a wonderful day, I hope you start feeling better, I hope(insert whatever).
All this really says is that NOW is unsatisfactory and I hope it will get better or in dread, I hope it doesn’t get any worse. Once again we are not present, so in reality we are not alive. We are drifting in a place that doesn’t exist, the future or the past.
Take a breath, feel it go into your lungs, then when you reach satiation and no more air will come in, pause; feel the air in your chest and then release, let the air escape, feel your chest fall. When you have let all the air out, pause and realize that in this moment you are dead. If another breath doesn’t come relatively soon your physical life will end.
It is in this moment that you have the opportunity to understand NOW. Everything that draws breath will come to the place where the last breath is breathed out and there is not another one coming. We take that next breath unknowingly and very expectantly and yet there will be a last one. That last breath also happens now, it won’t be next year, next month or next week. It is NOW and it is done.
In my life meditation was how I first found NOW,
I had no idea that I wasn’t present. My mind refused to meditate, I would sit in quiet and yet I was always somewhere else. Thinking of what needed to be done or what I had done and possibly regretted. Never being able to quiet my mind. I was told of the “lizard brain” and how it was always active. I would spend time “trying” not to pay attention, still my mind would not stop. One day in meditation I realized that…
Tomorrow Never Comes
I wasn’t thinking, of course the moment I realized that I was thinking, but right before that I was present, I was NOW. I then understood that mind time is not NOW, it is thinking. NOW is different and cannot be worded, meaning words won’t work here, you can only feel it, you cannot say it.
Have you ever tried to tell someone what something tastes like. Using word like sweet, salty, spicy we do our best to describe what something tastes like. Yet if I never eat it I will never actually know what it tastes like, until then I only know what you think it tastes like. Here’s an interesting observation though, you can tell the tastes, even the recipe and if I don’t eventually eat…I will starve to death. This is how the NOW is, I can tell you all about it, yet if you don’t experience it, eat it, you will starve.
The first thing we do in life is inhale, we come out of the womb and take a breath. This starts the cycle of life for us, and the last thing we’ll do is exhale, and this completes the cycle of life. Everything in between is the dance of the breath, we basically are a column of air, in, out, in, out. This is life in it’s rawest form, anything beyond that is a plus. Until I became totally present I was unaware of the breath, not knowing that Tomorrow Never Comes. Sure I knew I would get out of breath if I ran too fast. I knew it hurt like hell if I got the breath knocked out of me. Yet I never really was aware of the continuous round of breath.
I watched a person die one time and as they exhaled the last breath I literally watched them leave, the breath came out and all of a sudden I realized this person was dead, not there, the body was just a carcass. As I became aware that this was not the person who was there only moments before, I also became aware that this was never the person I believed it was, and in that moment it hit me…Tomorrow Never Comes.
In scripture it says that God breathed life into Adam,
so maybe all we are is the breath. So the NOW is this breath, this breath is all we have and it is all we ever have. Anything outside of that isn’t real, it’s either a vague very biased memory, or a fantasy we tell ourselves about the future just assuming we’ll still be breathing when that comes. The truth is just this…Tomorrow Never Comes