Right, left, right, left, right…

“Not opening a can of salmon because last night’s roast will go bad if I don’t eat it; not turning down the thermostat because later it might get too cold, not pulling over the coffee table to eat on because I will have to put it back – I am surprised at how much I am indebted to the future.

Whenever I stand up, sit down, begin to walk, reach for something, my awareness jumps out of the present and I become temporarily absent from my body. Having a goal, even one so small as getting a glass of water, does not require that I leave my senses. I can know what I want to do and still remain present.”


Adapted from Hugh Prather, 1972