Not long ago during a (for me) profound bit of insight, I was gifted with an unusually deep understanding of one of the minds most cunning mechanisms.
Essentially what the mind is doing all the time, for it cannot work with the present moment, is that it makes you pay($) attention to a re-membered past moment or one imagined in the future. Both are unreal substitutes and nothing but mental constructs. The stamp of reality is and only ever will be in the intensity of the ever-present now moment regardless in whichever way it may be manifesting itself, now.
The mind does this by making you believe that a moment remembered from the past or one imagined as a potentiality in the future, could be more fulfilling than the moment you are currently experiencing. This becomes a mental habit and proceeds to diminish and dilute the real now until it is seen and abandoned. Remembering and experiencing a highlight moment from the past is simply no match for the living present. Once you begin to stay more and more focused in the now, even the most mundane experience becomes, or rather remains pure bliss.
When the awareness of your own radiant being is seen for what it really is, the nourishment finally begins to flow from an unlimited source that you realise comes from within and all that is external becomes equally irrelevant in the effect and sway it once used to possess over you.
Ultimately all of this is indeed very simple and straightforward. The motivation behind all of man’s focused efforts is that we want to feel good and this inevitably leads to the search of finding out why we don’t.