Present Moment Obstacles

The more a person can remain and live in the present moment, the less obstacles there are that don’t allow life to be lived to the fullest. So to me, the key to any life is to be present or forever want your peace.

Whatever takes you from the present moment is the biggest obstacle you will face in having a peaceful and full life. This obstacle comes in many many forms and this is part of why they’re so difficult to identify. For me it was my inner feelings of inadequacy that led me down the road of never being able to be present for what was actually happening. This led me to a need to constantly search for something to quiet this inner void.

The obstacles will differ for everyone and will manifest as fear, envy, jealousy, anger, greed, lust, inadequacy, and whatnot, but what they all have in common is they take you from the present moment. With all the available obstacles in place, it makes it hard to pinpoint exactly why one can’t remain in the present moment. To me exposing these obstacles is the direction of my practice; to identify how they take me from the present moment. Although the present moment isn’t a magical place, it is the place where life actually happens and I’ve found that at least in this place I’m not living through a story of what’s happening, I’m actually present for life as it is.

The obstacles are plentiful and through a practice that develops discipline and concentration they can be revealed and seen for the blocks that they are. It will take a very disciplined and concentrated mind for these obstacles to be identified, but as they are, their control will lose its grip which will allow one to be in the present moment more and more. And simply put, the more one is in the present moment, the less obstacles there are that don’t allow a person to truly live life to the fullest.

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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  1. ONE does not LIVE LIFE-LIFE is not an attribute. ONE IS LIFE!!

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