Clock Watching

By not attaching to time, breaking life into segments isn’t needed because it’s realized it’s always Now, but not the concept of Now, just Now as in where your feet are.

Always watching the clock is just like watching your life go by. Tick tock tick tock, those precious moments gone forever. They may survive as a memory, but a memory is only a story, once the moment passes it’s gone forever. I see people constantly wishing their life away by always watching the clock. I was once an avid clock watcher as I always wanted to be somewhere other then where I was. This was how life was broken up into segments for me as if work, play, chores, and whatnot were different. The only reason these were perceived differently was because of the conditioning in place that made it so. The fact of the matter is wherever you go there you are so from the time existence begins, to the time the vessel (your body) can’t sustain its current form, life is continuous. There is no stoppage of time that breaks it up into segments, it’s only the way the clock is watched and how one attaches to it that does this. To me whatever it is that’s occurring, I’m present for it. By not attaching to time, segments aren’t needed because it’s realized it’s always Now, but not the concept of Now, just Now as in where your feet are.

Days off, work days, vacation, retirement, Doctor appointments, general mishaps, shopping, play time, and on and on, in the blink of an eye they arise and are gone, but they events are stored in our memory to be used when desired. There is no reality to time except to be used for structural purposes. Time has its usefulness and is needed to plan things, but that’s about it. Watching time go by is like watching your life go by, it disconnects you from truly being with the moment as it occurs. The next moment isn’t truly better than the one right here, but the Conditioned Mind will tell you it is and if you listen to it, you will be lost watching the clock. Understand it’s your life that you are watching go by and one day there won’t be a you to watch the clock because just like that one day you will be out of time.


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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