Today is a gift! Some have called it, "THE PRESENT".
As we begin to understand the importance of exercising our capacity to BE PRESENT in each moment, we start cultivating greater levels of mindfulness, not only of oneself but everything around you.
How important would you say it was for the hunter to recognize his more immediate need of shelter, but also of community and food to survive, but also where to find that food, and how to hunt without becoming the hunted. Society then and now has assigned roles within community to meet these needs.
The more abundance that has been brought to us has in fact broken these structures down making way to endless allowances. However not all of this necessarily has been to our advantage, and this is where the importance of that awareness kicks in and helps restore balance to a new and ever changing way of life.
As times certainly have changed, we don't have to rely upon so many extremes to survive, but the same instincts we have used to get to where we are today are the same, and still with us. Some would argue we are maybe not as honed in on our abilities as before, but realizing that you have them is a great place to start for anyone.
"Fight or flight" is still an integrated instinct we apply diversly to present circumstances but in one mode or another we are very much the creatures we were from long ago.
Maybe rules have changed within our society, still laced with the cultural beliefs, adaptations and changes to technological progress. Our fundamentals haven't forced us to pioneer as many changes to our infrastructure as we may think. However, the recognition and importance to how we meet these needs has adapted and changed drastically.
Awareness like the ocean is constantly in motion. It is like energy that constantly exists and surrounds us; only moreoften than not, under and inconsistenly applied.
The world around us has many distractions. This will not change. We can be that change where we stand. We look to the future and often to the past, but the moment you have in life, in breath and in all, will always be the one you can make all the difference in the world and it is "the present".