The world is changing constantly - yet where is it going? Where is it coming from? Can you capture a moment ago or a moment to come? Is the past in actual existence somewhere? Does a present thought, which refers to the past, actually go anywhere? Isn't that image of the past a present image? Isn't that image of the future a present image? Is it EVER anything else?
In the swing of memory and imagination, anticipation and regret, the illusion of time holds a tight squeeze. We're forever wondering if we "should have" or "might be".
In this, we miss what we ARE. We want to BUILD reality, construct the IMAGE of what we are through this back and forth, past and future - ever missing that these are always only stories about what we are - the life story is dependent on this splitting of attention between past and future.
You are not a separate entity, carried on through time, surviving and watching time go by. You are not a separate being, wishing for the next moment to be better than the last.
You are THIS MOMENT. This moment is like a container - a nondual block which has no edges or boundaries - within this container appears the thoughts, the memories and imagination which create the illusion of time. Then in this swinging pendulum of thought, the feeling of ME moving IN TIME seems to be reality.
Yet when we recognize the ever-present knowing or awareness - when we recognize that this activity of knowing is going on in the immediacy of right now, always right now - then it's clear that this immediate knowing is never the past or future. There is only present thoughts. Present memories of past times. Present anticipation of a future time. Always present. Always here and now.
Never moving away from, never outside of, this "container of Now".
We're ever focused on the changing contents within the container, taking ourselves to be a log, floating on the river of time. And in this we miss the solid, unchanging, still Presence of Self. We miss that what we ARE is THAT IN WHICH these changes take place - THAT IN WHICH these stories are woven, strung together in memory, bound and restricted with the false concept of "ME-the-individual."
Your true nature is not a limited individual - this is only an idea - a concept - your true nature is infinite fullness, wholeness, Oneness - the very container, the very "space" in which these stories play out and subside.
And this isn't something which is attained - the realization of this may or may not come - but it changes absolutely nothing. What IS, right here and now, is Advaita, Oneness, Wholeness. It's presently being interpreted through the prism of beliefs called "individual". An individual requires a world. There is no individual nor world - there is only the present and blindingly obvious Wholeness which never requires a search to find, never requires enlightenment to know, never requires a seeker to become.
It is the very idea of the individual seeker which obscures this Wholeness. In giving up the individual, Wholeness is found to already be the case. But there is no individual to give up anything.
So what remains to be done? Will proper analysis bring it? Will reading more and more bring it? No - because nothing comes in new. Nothing is gained.
Realization is recognition that THIS RIGHT HERE and NOW - IS IT. THIS, whatever THIS might be labeled or conceptualized as, is it. THIS is what the seeking is all about. THIS is what all the pointers are pointing to. THIS present moment, no matter how it's "behaving", no matter if it's good or bad, no matter if it's spiritual or mundane, no matter if it's confusion or clarity. THIS is it.
WHAT this is, is always the domain of the mind. The mind's job is to quantify THIS, to think about the past and project into the future. The mind's job is to split up THIS into parts, into pieces, and that means WHAT-YOU-ARE must be a thing also. But that's just the mind's analysis. You are not a separate "thing" - your actual essence is "all things" - or better said - the One without a second.