about the present (taken directly from Lara Martelli's website, a german dancer and choreographer)...
if past to future is an on horizontal line, the present moment is not in time - it is a vertical movement - transcending time.
the cells of our body are dying, the neurons in our brain are decaying, even the expression on our face is always changing, depending on our mood. what we call our basic character is only a "mindstream," nothing more. today we feel good because things are going well; tomorrow we feel the opposite. where did that good feeling go? new influences took us over as circumstances changed: we are impermanent, the influences are impermanent, and there is nothing solid or lasting anywhere that we can point to.
what could be more unpredictable than our thoughts and emotions: do you have any idea what you are going to think or feel next? our mind, in fact, is as empty, as impermanent, and as transient as a dream. look at a thought: it comes, it stays, and it goes. the past is past, the future not yet risen, and even the present thought, as we experience it, becomes the past.
the only thing we really have is nowness, is now.