“Notice how often your attention is in the past or future. Ask yourself: is there joy, ease, and lightness in what I am doing? If not, then psychological time is covering up the present moment, and life is misperceived as a burden or a struggle.” Eckhart Tolle”
We all have cataracts of the mind. They grow so slowly, from the first day we see through the eye of the Ego, and we don’t remember what it was like before the film of time covered our mind. Occasionally, we get a brief flash of vivid reality, but we think it is a fluke. Or we began to be attached to the memory or longing for it to return in the future. All the while, we don’t see the film of time. Cataracts grow slow slowly that there our blindness is seamless. The world supports our cataracts. They feel normal.
While some have an immediate cataract removal, and experience the world in its original color, they will come back as, we noted, the world believes they are normal vision. Like algae on a pond, the first clearing must be kept open by a practice of watchful mindfulness so that one will notice when the cataracts begins to return. The noticing of the cataracts is not the cataract because noticing is not in time. We can only notice what is present. We can notice time because of its pain. When time becomes transparent, the world looks like Pandora.