For the perfect accomplishment of any art, you must get this feeling of the eternal present into your bones — for it is the secret of proper timing. No rush. No dawdle. Just the sense of flowing with the course of events in the same way that you dance to music, neither trying to outpace it nor lagging behind. Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.
~ Alan Watts
Whatever I am doing, that is the process.
This moment, now is what I am doing.
This is the process.
This is now.
The sense of flow.
In the zone.
It comes by many descriptions, but it means the same thing. Total immersion in the moment. At times of heightened adrenaline, we are pushed into the moment, but this can be achieved with any activity. Me writing this is me coming into connection with the steam and putting thoughts into actions into keystrokes into words on the screen. To be totally present is to be totally present in every moment without loss of the flow. This can be done. This is what Alan describes.
I have said it before, but I consider him the closest thing to my guru. He isn’t alive, but his words still speak to me. I mean, couldn’t a guru transcend death? The appeal of a live spiritual guru is one that can affirm or challenge me.