LIVE IN THE PRESENT
Macklemore is saying, “I don’t remember my past with addiction, I moved forward.” But this isn’t only focused on him. He’s not telling his listeners to forget about his past, but also their own. What is important is the present.
Following Buddhist teachings, the first three lines are to be taken as a whole. Vipassana is meant to arise consciousness, mindfulness, insight, whatever you call it!
Thoughts, the primary obstacles to consciousness, are mainly based on reliving our pasts, and expectations of the future.
Meditation is therefore aimed to putting that little “thinking” voice quiet being fully in the present, living, feeling… not thinking. Observing our breath is an activity used to keep us busy observing ourselves, becoming conscious of ourselves without disturbing thoughts.
- Don’t get lost in the past: you can’t change it
- Don’t worry about or plan on the future: it is uncertain
- Live in the present through your conscious rather than your thoughts
- Thoughts are considered a tool on the way to consciousness, but only in moderation: they’re a poison when overused
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