Originally Posted by Alan1986
If you are conscious of the Now, you won't find it mundane. The reason you see it mundane is because you believe the past or the future is better. It means you are still your ego, trapped in the mind, looking for something better, something more exciting. You are in the state of waiting, eager to go somewhere, to go to the future, which never arrives.
I don't agree that that is why I find things mundane. The past or future could be better, worse, or equal to the present moment, and I view it as mundane.
For example, I've tried to focus on the now when I'm eating, as that's commonly cited as a good exercise. (Eating, gardening, etc.)
So I sit there and eat an apple. I focus on everything- how the apple looks, how it tastes on my tongue, what the texture is like, any thoughts that pop into my head, and so forth, and the summation of the event is that eating an apple is just not particularly worth focusing on. It doesn't exactly provide sensory inputs worth caring about.
Focusing on the now makes sense if you're doing something for which the sensory inputs are pleasurable, but I don't see how the it makes sense if the sensory inputs of the current event are lackluster.
Google Eckhart Tolle. He is a great inspiration.
I've heard of him.