Present Moment Freedom

When the present moment isn’t needed to be a certain way, only then can one truly be free and in harmony with life. If the attachment to wanting the present moment to be different wasn’t there, suffering wouldn’t exist.

Freedom to live life to the fullest without limits is relative to the attachments that are held onto by the mind. Most people aren’t even aware that these attachments exist so even though a person may have many attachments that their own mind is creating, the same mind will tell you there are none. And if the mind tells you there are no attachments, who can say that there are? But regardless of this unawareness, if attachment is there and because ignorance isn’t bliss, there will be suffering. Attachment is the number one deterrent to ones freedom and freedom can only be had if it’s known what one is attached to in the present moment.

Understanding attachment doesn’t condone if someone is living unconsciously and is causing harming to themselves and others, but if there isn’t awareness of one’s unconsciousness, there’s no way the person can be any different. We’re as free as our awareness to what we attach to in the present moment and it’s our attachments that cause us to behave in ways that aren’t conducive to love which causes much suffering; attachment blocks our own innate goodness from arising. Attach to nothing and nothing will block love from arising, it’s then that true harmony with existence will be. Non attachment Is where nothing is needed nor wanted or desired. It’s where life just is and an awareness that nothing added or attached to it will truly make it any different. When the present moment isn’t needed to be a certain way, it’s then that one will truly be free and be in harmony with life because it’s only the attachment of wanting life to be different that causes one to suffer. 


Michael Cupo
I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, one of six children. I have been married for 25 years. I own a home, and I have two children. I have been at the same job for 28 years. I am the happiest I have ever been and it is all because of the Love that has always been in my life. I attribute all that has happened to me to that Love. None of what has transpired in the last five years of my life has anything to do with any accomplishments on my part. There was always a lot of love in our home as I grew up, but for reasons unknown to me at the time I was always in trouble. I was at the top of my brother-in-law’s “Who My Sister Shouldn’t Marry” list. I drank alcoholically, gambled, abused drugs and painkillers. I bounced from relationship to relationship. Even after I stopped abusing alcohol and drugs in 1987, my so-called outer troubles stopped, but my self-centered behavior never changed. All I did was substitute one compulsion for another. Although my addiction became more respectable—taking the form of material possessions—I was still trapped, migrating restlessly from one obsession to another. I went to Twelve Step meetings, derived some benefit from them, and then fell away. My loved ones got me into de-tox and rehab programs. But once I was released, the cycle of insatiable craving started all over again. This cycle seemed to work for me . . . until it didn’t. And then my life changed — not instantly or magically, but profoundly. I share this change in It’s Monday Only in Your Mind: You Are Not Your Thoughts. I discovered that I wasn’t dependent upon a substance or activity, but ruled by my ego. My need to reach outside myself for fulfillment was created by a false perception of deficiency. If this sense of lack didn’t exist in me, there wouldn’t have been a need to reach and grasp. My credentials for writing this book are simply that I live this change each day. My view of life is so different from the way it used to be. Through the practice outlined in my book, I have learned to quiet my mind enough to allow my heart to open. The quieter my mind becomes, the more Love becomes the default setting of my life. This is truly a modern-day miracle, a miracle that can happen to anyone who has the urge to change.
Michael Cupo

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