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If the important thing for our health and personal balance is to be mindful of what we are living, all the knowledge about being mindful of ourselves is incapable of producing the benefits that its practice generates. Everything that is not aimed towards sustaining and being mindful of our interior experiences distracts and has a secondary value. As such, we are incapable of reaping the benefits of relaxation, calm, peace and harmony that come from this encounter with ourselves.

If this is true then, compared with the briefest experience of being mindful to the present, the following will have a secondary value:

What the most knowledgeable of wise men and women has to say about being mindful of the present.
What the most lucid of teachers has to say about being mindful to the present.
What the most sacred of books has to say about being mindful of the present.
What the most erudite of books has to say about being mindful of the present.
What the best of speakers on the topic has to say about being mindful of the present.
What the internet with its best explanations on the topic has to say about being mindful of the present.

On the other hand, placing any of the previous references above our experience of “living the present” makes us psychologically dependent on them, distracting us from what is really important, that of “living being aware of what we are living”.