This is a very important message for Buddhist and Hindu practitioners. It is also a main point of the Bhagavad Gita:
“To action alone hast thou a right and never at all to its fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive; neither let there be in thee any attachment to inaction.” [Source: “Bhagavadgita” by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan]
But one of the most important ideas surrounding this slogan is presented by Pena Chodon. She admits that even after meditating and teaching the dharma for many years she still catches herself hoping for that time when enlightenment will be complete. The hopes we generally have for the future are all based on now just not really being what we want.
We need to realize that we are never going to have it together. Not in the way we hope. What there is is now. That’s it.