It's important to recognize that anxiety is a natural facet of human existence, influenced by factors such as conditioning, trauma, societal values, and pervasive problems. This anxiety, varying in intensity and triggers for each individual, often becomes ingrained in our everyday experiences, manifesting subtly and sometimes going unnoticed. The normalization of anxiety, rooted in childhood experiences and the inherent uncertainty of life, can lead to a pervasive sense of fear that affects individuals differently.
Our desires and needs span a wide spectrum, encompassing life necessities, the aging process, confusion, boredom, hunger, love, solitude, and the pursuit of entertainment or physical activity. Alongside these desires, the awareness of our existence and the fear of mortality contribute to anxiety, as we may feel scrutinized or overlooked by others.
While it's impossible not to be in the present moment, our minds often drift away due to the nature of the human brain. Self-mastery involves slowing down the unconscious process of obsessing over the mind's thoughts, judgments, and worries. Bringing oneself back to the present moment involves using various sensory experiences, such as hearing a whistle, smelling incense, getting a massage, going for a walk, or savoring a meal slowly. Being in the present moment requires awareness of both inner sensations and the outer world simultaneously, understanding that they are intertwined creations of the mind.
The complexity lies in the understanding that each individual's perception of the world, created by their mind, may be similar but not exactly the same. This shared perception is attributed to the interconnectedness of all beings as part of the same universal consciousness.