By Camilo Alvarado

The most fundamental aspect of life is being; but what does it mean to not simply exist, but to be?

“Be here now”- Ram Dass.

The key to deciphering what the existential purpose of your being is summed up in one sentence. Three monosyllabic words. Nine letters.

Sit down for a moment. Take a deep breath in through your nose… and now out through your mouth. Keep going. Stimulate your body by feeling the rush of air enter and exit your system. Now, rub your hands together as if you are washing them and just feel your hands. Sensationalize every groove, pit, and depth of your hand. Feel the floor at your feet and the ground you stand on; acknowledge the breeze at your back or the weight of the air around you. Now stop.

In that moment, you weren’t preparing for the future nor were you thinking about the past. You were here, now. Being is not about what has happened or what you think will happen but rather about this very moment. Alan Watts called this “living fully now”. As a child in grade school you were always focused on getting to the next grade. Once in high school, you wanted to go to college. In college, you wanted your degree and to get a real job. Once you got that job you were thinking about getting promoted and climbing the ladder of success. Now you’re in the middle of your life… now what? You were always living for somewhere where you aren’t. Once you “arrived” you feel the same as you did all along and you feel cheated and that’s because you were planning for a future that hadn’t arrived yet and along the way you missed everything. Engorge yourself with the journey, not the destination. Take every step, look at every shadow, and breathe in every life.

The present is timeless. There is no destination in life and once you realize that you can recognize that nothing exists but the now. This moment you are in right now is the best, the worst, the happiest, and the saddest. This is because this is the only moment that exists. Life is not about the endpoints. It is about now.

“It’s a new moment. Aging is not a culmination. Youth isn’t preparation for later. This isn’t the end of the line or the beginning.”- Ram Dass.

The worries of the future. Do not exist.

The troubles of your past. Do not exist.

Sit down for a moment. Take a deep breath in through your nose… and now out through your mouth. Keep going. Stimulate your body by feeling the rush of air enter and exit your system. Now, rub your hands together as if you are washing them and just feel your hands. Sensationalize every groove, pit, and depth of your hand. Feel the floor at your feet and the ground you stand on; acknowledge the breeze at your back or the weight of the air around you.

Anywhere you are is the most beautiful place there is. Drink it in. You are here and your heart is throbbing with life telling you to look and see all that there is around you. A flower, a computer desk, a building, a person you’ve never met. All these have boundless beauty and love within them. And you do too.

Blessed be us who are in this moment experiencing the most incredible feeling imaginable… life. Blessed be us who share all these experiences for we are all one, connected in time by the inseparable power of the now. Blessed be us all. For my blessing is your blessing and your blessing is mine.

You are ordained here at this very moment by a higher being – a God, gods, the Universe, your mind – and you have every right to be here. You are the Universe and the Universe is you. It is all timeless and it is all happening now. You don’t have to do much to experience all this. Just be, and be here now.

Now sit down for a moment. Take a deep breath in through your nose… and now out through your mouth. Keep going.

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