Have you ever left this moment? The mind runs away into the past, recalling events, and into the future, anticipating events, yet when does it do this? Aren't these thoughts present thoughts?
So this sensation of back and forth, this pendulum of thought - this happens right here - right now. You never move away from NOW - this moment - whatever you want to label THIS, this "present", this presence.
What is it about NOW that you know so well? Every single bit of it changes constantly, but what doesn't change? Isn't it that presence? That knowing-you-are-here? You must be here to witness the arrival of these thoughts, to witness the passing of these thoughts - you must be here for any event to be known. Yet it isn't the event we're concerned with - otherwise we're always trying to manipulate events - trying to make thoughts calm or spiritual, trying to make situations happy.
What we're concerned with is reality. And reality cannot be anything but what IS. WHAT IS. What is, is reality, yes? So what is the content of what IS?
The mind once again interjects - it "buts" in, it asserts it's knowledge base - it applies its model of reality, it's translations - what IS, is made up of parts, ME-seeing-WORLD, me as an individual who is a small and limited piece of what IS.
Yet is that actual experience? Is that what IS? We may say the translation is also "what IS" - and that's correct, but is that translation describing reality correctly? Can any translation capture reality?
Any translation, any description, is negatable. It's always from a point of view. It's always from a perspective. If the perspective shifts, the truth shifts with it, necessarily. Is it not true? So absolute truth cannot ever be arrived at through translation at all. Absolute reality cannot be grasped in words, in definitions.
Reality has been defined as THAT which cannot be negated. Yet we can negate any point of view, any perspective - really any APPEARANCE can be negated ultimately -simply because an appearance must be the result of something, some essence which then is formed. We can't arrive at that essence yet we know the appearance is dependent - it's dependent on the limited senses - it's dependent on the filter through which we're translating.
Is there any such thing as that which cannot be negated? Is there something we can know directly which is reality as defined? Yes. There is.
It is YOU. Your presence. Can that ever be negated? Can you negate your Self? Can you negate your presence? You are THAT which can never be negated. But if that "you" is taken to be a limited entity - a separate person - of course it can be negated, simply because that limited entity is an appearance.
Yet that ever-present presence that you are can never be negated at all. It's always-here. It's always the capacity to know any appearance and the passing of appearance. It's that which never changes. It's YOU.
It's YOU. Your true essence is this presence of knowing that you are, this presence of "knowing what IS" - is that presence apart FROM what IS? No. It IS what IS.
You ARE what IS. Start there.