Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worryall forms of fearare caused by too much future, and not enough presence. ~ Eckhart Tolle
Life is fundamentally unpredictable and so we cant be certain about what is going to happen next. And although uncertainty is, in a sense, a blessing; since it allows space for freedom and change, at the same time it can feel like a curse.
Being used to the known reality of our lives, most of us become attached to it and hence dislike change. The future is unknown, and how can we be sure that what we possessfor example, our health, material possessions, friends or love partnerswill not be taken away from us? And, considering the inevitability of death, we tremble in the face of the unknown ahead of us. We are aware that at any time, even the very next moment, we might die. In fact, any moment we die will be the next moment.
Change is inevitable, but resisting it only causes us more struggles.
In order to feel more secure, we try to control life as much as we can, by constantly trying to fit the future to our expectations. Yet, the only thing we ultimately achieve by doing so is to put ourselves in a constant state of anxiety that prevents us from savoring the presentmoment. As put by Alan Watts:
If to enjoy even an enjoyable present we must have the assurance of a happy future, we are crying f...