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Day two – present moment

Imagine you’re sitting in the driver’s seat of your car, which is parked on the side of a road.

You turn your car on and begin to drive forward.

As soon as you start driving, your car immediately veers off to the left, and you’re now heading into the bushes. There’s no trees, potholes or fences, so your car isn’t damaged. You’re just looking at all the interesting and beautiful plants and flowers passing you by.

You then remember the road, so you turn to the right and soon you’re back on the road. Your car drives straight over the bitumen and into the bushes and flowers on the right-hand side of the road. The plants here are interesting too, just like the plants on the left side of the road. After looking at the scenery for a while as you’re driving along, you remember the road you were trying to travel down, so you steer your car back to the left toward the road.

No matter what you do with the steering wheel, you’re only driving along the road for a brief moment and then you head off into the bushes to the left or the right.

You can see you’ll make slow progress down this road if your car keeps spending all of its time veering off to the left or the right.

Daily exercise:

When you’re ready, sit in a comfortable upright position on a chair or cushion on the ground with your hands resting comfortably on your lap.

After setting the timer for two plus minutes, close your eyes and let your thoughts do as they wish.

Allow your mind to think about what ever it wants to as you did on day one.

However, today, as you sit with your eyes closed allowing your mind to do as it wants, see if you can notice whether your thoughts and self-talk are about the past, present or future.

For example, a thought about an interesting conversation you had with your friend, would be a thought from the past.

If your mind is talking about the itch on your right cheek, you’re thinking about something in the present moment.

If you’re imagining what you’re going to do later this evening, your mind is thinking about thoughts to do with the future.

While you sit with your eyes closed, allow your mind to do as it pleases, and simply notice whether the thoughts are about the past, present, or future.

If you notice just once during your meditation session today that your thoughts are about the past, or the future, or are about something happening in the present moment, you have succeeded with today’s meditation.